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Here's where you can adopt a pet for free in Sacramento this week

Meet some of the dogs up for free adoption at Front Street Shelter Thursday

The Front Street Animal Shelter is offering free adoptions for dogs and cats on Thursday, May 3 in celebration of Big Day of Giving.
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The Front Street Animal Shelter is offering free adoptions for dogs and cats on Thursday, May 3 in celebration of Big Day of Giving.

Two Sacramento animal shelters are waiving pet-adoption fees one day this week – a week that opens with Adopt A Shelter Pet Day.

Front Street Animal Shelter plans to "give back to our supportive community" with free adoptions on Thursday, this year's Big Day of Giving. All adoptions will still require adoption-counselor approval.

The Sacramento SPCA is taking part in the Empty the Shelters campaign Saturday, when it will offer free cat and dog adoptions.

One-hundred sites nationwide will participate in Empty the Shelters, thanks to funding from the Bissell Pet Foundation.

"When you consider that the puppy you adopt from a shelter is already spayed/neutered, micro-chipped, and up-to-date on vaccines, it’s actually a really great value for the price of the adoption fee," Bissell says.

But the foundation wants to help shelters find homes for their animals with this annual event offering free adoptions.

In response to the question, "Isn't free adoption bad?," Bissell said, "Each participating shelter completes the same adoption process as they would any other day – the only difference is that BISSELL Pet Foundation will sponsor the adoption fees. ...

"We have done studies on past events, and have found that more than 95% of pets adopted during Empty the Shelters are still in their homes 6-15 months later – this is an even better rate than some shelters see on a normal day!"

So, if you've been waiting to add a furry new family member, this week offers some great opportunities.

SHELTER INFO

Front Street Animal Shelter

Location: 2127 Front St., Sacramento

Hours: Closed Mondays, closed Tuesdays, 12-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays

Contact: Website, Facebook page, 916-808-7387

Sacramento SPCA

Location: 6201 Florin Perkins Road, Sacramento

Hours: Closed Mondays, closed Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays

Contact: Website, Facebook page, 916-808-7387

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