Sacramento's animal shelters placed 1,561 critters in new homes during its monthlong "Home for the Holidays" promotion.
The Sacramento SPCA, city and county animal shelters and Happy Tails pet sanctuary collaborated to find adoptive homes for a record number of animals between Black Friday and Dec. 31, 2012, officials said.
Participating shelters had a goal of finding homes for 1,000 dogs, cats and other creatures, but "we're happy to announce that we surpassed that goal by more than 500," said Rick Johnson, Sacramento SPCA director.
Adoption rates at all four Sacramento animal agencies increased significantly in 2012, thanks in part to a continuing partnership between the shelters and the national ASPCA.
Euthanasia rates have dropped by 28 percent in recent years as a result of adoption promotions and specials, community outreach, foster programs, rescue groups and other efforts, said Lesley Kirrene, Sacramento SPCA spokeswoman.