The Sacramento SPCA announced changes Thursday to reduce animal overcrowding at its shelter.
In the past six years, the SPCA has seen a 134 percent increase in stray animals being dropped off at its shelter, 6201 Florin-Perkins Road.
“Unfortunately, an animal shelter at or beyond capacity places an incredible amount of stress on the animals and we are looking to make their stay at the Sacramento SPCA as pleasant as possible,” said the organization’s chief executive officer Rick Johnson.
In previous years, the Sacramento SPCA took in many stray animals and incurred the cost of transferring them to the appropriate government shelter, according to an SPCA press release. That reduced funds for animal care and caused overcrowding at the SPCA.
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The SPCA is now asking that the public take stray animals found in the city and county of Sacramento to the appropriate government shelter. Dogs and cats found within the Sacramento City limits by the public should be taken to the city’s shelter at 2127 Front St.
Stray animals found outside of the Sacramento city limits, but within Sacramento County, need to be taken to the county’s shelter, 3839 Bradshaw Road. This includes animals found in Elk Grove.
Exceptions to the rule include stray animals found in Rancho Cordova or Folsom, which have contracted for shelter service. Rancho Cordova strays should be taken to the SPCA and Folsom strays to Blue Ravine Animal hospital, 1770 Prairie City Drive.
“We’re also asking the public to ensure that all of their pets are provided with a collar and ID tag,” says Johnson. “The best way to reduce the number of stray animals in local animal shelters is to prevent pets from becoming strays. A collar and ID tag will put a lost animal back in its home rather than in an animal shelter.”