SACRAMENTO — With more wet weather on the way, cleanup is underway across the Sacramento region after strong winds downed trees and power lines earlier this week.
In the wake of the loss, some local animal shelters say they are overwhelmed with lost pets.
The Front Street Animal Shelter is completely out of dogs and is trying to make room for all dogs to be adopted by February 18th.
“Our shelter was already really full before the storm,” said Ryan Henderman, the shelter’s communications manager. “When the fence goes down, the dogs get out.”
Hinderman said their kennels are overcrowded and beyond maximum capacity.
“After the storm, we had a higher than normal flood of animals which really pushed us to the brink in terms of our kennel space,” he said.
In their range, the shelter is struggling with most of the dogs, with several having to be kept together.
This is not ideal as it creates a stressful environment for the animals and means disease can spread quickly.
“In 2023, we took about 1,600 more animals than in 2022. Food trends are definitely increasing,” Hunderman said.
As more animals are arriving, he said, fewer are being adopted. It’s a nationwide trend that’s hitting the Sacramento shelter hard.
That’s why, in a desperate move to free up space, the shelter announced free dog adoptions — saying that if anyone wants to add a forever friend to their family, now is the time.
For people who already have pets, it serves as a good reminder, Hinderman says.
“Many people think their pets will never go missing, but statistics show that one out of every three pets goes missing in their lifetime,” Henderman said.
Before more stormy weather hits, Hinderman said pet owners should make sure their furry friends are microchipped, have up-to-date tags and, in general, try to keep them inside.
If adoption isn’t an option, the community can help them in other ways, Shelter said. This includes volunteering, donating and temporarily fostering animals.
Also, they say if you find a lost pet and can keep it for 48 hours to try to find its owner, it helps the shelter care for them. It helps a lot to focus on other lost pets I already have.
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