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Pet Adoptions Down at Sacramento SPCA Shelter

Photo Courtesy Sacramento SPCA

Oso is one of the animals available for adoption at the Sacramento SPCA Shelter.

Photo Courtesy Sacramento SPCA

The Sacramento SPCA has more than 400 animals in its care, and new ones are arriving every day. Tracie Popma with the organization says right now, pets aren’t being adopted as quickly as usual. “Last year at this time we adopted out 1200 animals.  This year it’s about 885.  That’s from April, May and June of each year, so that’s a pretty dramatic decrease in adoptions.”

Popma says it’s a mystery why adoptions are down – but it does happen from time to time. She says some animals are in holding areas, while others are in foster homes until space opens up in the adoption center.  She says the big concern is the strain that overcrowding puts on the animals. “When you talk about stress on a shelter system, what that does is it leads to illness and it leads to disease.”

Popma says there are large numbers of cats and dogs, as well as rabbits, chickens, guinea pigs and even mice and rats. The Sacramento SPCA is offering discounts on adult cat adoptions, which run $5 every Friday and $40 the rest of the week.  Adoptions are always free for Seniors aged 65 and up.