Sacramento area shelters seek new homes for 500 animals this weekend

Animal shelters in the Sacramento area are sponsoring special events this weekend in hopes of finding new homes for 500 cats and dogs.

The area’s Empty Our Shelters Project, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday though Sunday, will feature snacks and music, and all adoptions will cost just $20. The effort is part of a national initiative sponsored by the ASPCA.

The project’s ultimate goal is “to close the doors on Sunday without an animal left in need of a home,” said Tracie Popma of the Sacramento SPCA, one of four participating agencies. “But we will consider it a big success” if 500 animals find permanent homes over the weekend, she said.

The goal is ambitious, she said. During the entire month of October last year, the four shelters found homes for 895 animals.

A wide variety of shapes, sizes and breeds of dogs and cats will be available, said Popma, from poodle mixes to German shepherds, from jet black cats to Siamese, and much more.

“We invite people to share pictures of animals available for adoption, share the story of the animal they just adopted, or anything else that they’re enjoying about the project by using the hashtag #EmptySacShelters on all social media platforms,” Popma said.

Besides the SPCA, at 6201 Florin Perkins Road, the other participating shelters are: Sacramento County Animal Care, 3839 Bradshaw Road; City of Sacramento Front Street Animal Shelter, 2127 Front St., and Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary, 6001 Folsom Blvd.

For more information on the Empty Our Shelters Project, visit

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