Stockton’s Animal Shelter is offering up some dogs free for adoption as the canine population swells.
The shelter had more animals than it could care for last week.
Animal rescue groups helped to take dogs into their care as dogs at the shelter climbed over 170.
Animal Services manager Chuck Harris says large dogs and a flurry of puppies arrived in great numbers last week.
“When you get to a 170 number, it’s unmanageable, we don’t have enough staff and volunteers to care for that many animals and most importantly you increase the risk of disease,” Harris said.
Too many animals step up the need to euthanize, but last minute adoptions and rescues have helped to keep the population down for now.
Harris says adoption fees on large dogs are being waived to help clear more room at the shelter since they require a kennel by themselves.
He says all the dogs for adoption have been vaccinated.