‘We are doubling dogs up.’ Bradshaw shelter has more than 180 pups in need of homes.

Sacramento County’s Bradshaw Animal Shelter is packed with pups – more than 180 of them.

“The large dog kennels are full,” posted PB SOC, a group that socializes large dogs at the shelter, on Facebook. “We are doubling dogs up, but what what we really need is your help. Today.”


*** NO. MORE. ROOM. ***Bradshaw Animal Shelter is beyond capacity. The large dog kennels are full. We are doubling dogs up, but what what we really need is YOUR HELP. TODAY.We urgently need fosters, foster-to-adopters and adopters. What are you looking for in a dog? Our counselors can make suggestions based on YOUR needs. They will also provide support to help you and your new family dog or foster dog get off on the right track. And we will always be here for behavioral support. If you can be a hero to a shelter dog, please contact us today! If interested in fostering, email us at foster-to-adopt or adopt, please visit our website at Read the bios and watch the videos, and submit your application if one tugs at your heart or if you want some help picking a dog out. Our current adoption fee is just $10. For the price of a movie, you can bring home a shelter dog who will adore you for the rest of its life. If you can't foster or adopt, PLEASE SHARE! Make your post public and ask for more shares. Spread the word. Bradshaw is packed full of amazing dogs!#pbsoc #wherealldogsmatter #findlove

Posted by PB SOC on Thursday, February 15, 2018

Not only is the shelter having to double up dogs in kennels, but cat rooms are still being used to house groups of small pups, says Janna Haynes, communication and media officer for the shelter, 3839 Bradshaw Road.

Not all dogs are listed on the website’s adoptable listing as some are on stray hold, medical hold and some were confiscated.

“Because we cannot adopt out those animals yet, it makes it extremely important to find homes for adoptable dogs,” says Haynes.

On a positive note, the shelter is still “running above a 90 percent live release rate,” Haynes reports.

But the shelter needs the community’s help to support its work for the animals.

“We really need the public to step up and support our efforts by adopting or fostering,” Haynes told The Sacramento Bee.

Previously, the shelter attributed the overcrowding to three main issues: people viewing pets as disposable; pets lacking microchips or not being confined effectively; and a lack of spaying and neutering, which increases the population of animals without homes.

Bradshaw is offering $25 adoptions. (Typical adoption fees for dogs are from $121-$147.) The shelter’s PB SOC group is offering adoptions for $10, with online counseling through The group helps pair families with the best dog for their lifestyles. See all available animals here and large adoptable dogs here. Learn more about fostering here.

“Spread the word,” said PB SOC in the Facebook post. “Bradshaw is packed full of amazing dogs!”


What: Sacramento County’s Bradshaw Animal Shelter

Location: 3839 Bradshaw Road, Sacramento

Hours: Closed Mondays, 12:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 12:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 12:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays, 12:30-5:30 p.m. Fridays, 12-4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

Contact: Website, Facebook page, large-dog adoptables page, 916-368-7387