Starting next month, Folsom will direct its stray animals to the Sacramento SPCA as part of its new contract with the shelter.
The city’s contract with its current shelter, Blue Ravine Animal Hospital, expires next month, said city spokeswoman Christine Brainerd. Beginning July 1, the SPCA, at 6201 Florin-Perkins Road in Sacramento, will house all strays found in Folsom.
The SPCA shelter said its past overcrowding concerns will not affect its housing of Folsom animals.
“We always manage our population,” said Jeanie Biskup, chief operations officer at the SPCA.
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Biskup said she expects the shelter will receive about 400 animals each year from Folsom. The SPCA already takes in strays found in Rancho Cordova.
The shelter takes in about 8,000 animals a year overall, a vast reduction from last January, when an increase in strays dropped off at the SPCA prompted the organization to direct the public to Sacramento city and county shelters.
“We conducted an analysis and determined the SPCA has the capacity and facility to service the city of Folsom,” Brainerd said.
About 600 pets are reported missing in Folsom annually, according to the city.
“We know it’s going to be a longer drive for (Folsom’s) citizens, but we’re committed to doing what we can to help house their animals and get their strays returned to their owners,” Biskup said.