Sacramento’s pet adoption was the nation’s best

Sacramento’s animal shelters bested 35 other communities across the nation last weekend in their efforts to find permanent homes for cats, dogs and other creatures.

The Sacramento SPCA, Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary, Sacramento County Animal Care and the city’s Front Street Shelter collaborated to complete adoptions of 526 animals last weekend, more than any other community that took part in the ASPCA’s “Mega Match” event.

Pets were available for just $20, and the shelters promoted the campaign heavily on Facebook and other social media platforms, as well as traditional media.

“It just shows how much can be accomplished when a community’s resources are aligned and motivated,” ASPCA president and CEO Matthew Bershadker in a statement.

Cities across the country participated, including Philadelphia, where participating shelters found homes for 340 animals; and the KC Pet Project in Kansas City, which completed adoptions on 228 animals.

Despite the “incredible success” in Sacramento, said SPCA spokeswoman Lesley Kirrene, shelters already are full again with pets in need of homes.

“It doesn’t take long,” she said.

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