The Sacramento County Animal Shelter is overloaded with animals – especially dogs.
There are so many dogs that the shelter, at 3839 Bradshaw Road, is housing them in empty cat enclosures.
“We are currently in a room that normally we designate for cats, but it’s one of three cat rooms that we have had to convert into dog habitats because we’re so full of animals,” said Janna Haynes, communication and media officer for the shelter.
Multiple smaller dogs were housed together in each cat room.
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“We have every kind of breed that you can imagine,” Haynes said.
The shelter is in serious need of fosters and adopters, according to Haynes.
What’s behind the increase in pets at the shelter?
“The problem is multifaceted,” Haynes said.
Some of the issues she cited were:
▪ People viewing pets as disposable and getting rid of them before the holidays.
▪ Pets lacking microchips or not being confined effectively.
▪ A lack of spaying and neutering, which increases the population of animals without homes.
“Specifically right now, our large dog population has exploded, putting a strain on our space resources – as they cannot be double up in kennels like smaller dogs,” Haynes said.
The shelter has an adoption special of $25 for all animals, and two cats for $25.
Also, all cats in the rotunda habitats at the shelter have had their adoption fees sponsored, so they are free to adopt.
PB SOC, which works with large dogs at the shelter, is offering a $10 adoption special as long as you go through adoption counseling with them by emailing email@example.com.
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The group is also seeking foster homes.
“If you have ever thought of adopting a pet, now is the time,” Haynes said. “We are extremely full.”