If you’re looking for a furry new friend, now may be the time to pay a visit the shelter. As of this past weekend, all adult dogs over 5 months old are now FREE to adopt at the San Francisco SPCA as part of a summer special , and all dogs are free to adopt at SF Animal Care and Control (SFACC) through June 30.
Both SF shelters are unusually full with many larger adult dogs currently seeking homes. Adoption fees usually run at $175 for adult dogs and $400 for puppies, but now is your chance to make a new friend with one less obstacle in your way. If you’ve put off adopting a dog, this month may be your chance.
According to a press release, both shelters are experiencing a high influx of animals due to the pandemic delaying spay/neuter surgeries. As a result, shelters across the nation have seen an increase in homeless animals with a simultaneous decrease in adoption rates as communities return to normal life.
“When you adopt, you’re not just saving one animal’s life, you’re also opening space in our shelter so we can save another animal,” said Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, CEO of the SF SPCA. “If you’ve been thinking about adopting, now is a great time. Our shelter is full and we have a huge variety of dogs – especially bigger dogs.”
At the SPCA and SFACC, bigger dogs are having a harder time getting adopted because of misunderstanding about their energy levels and aggression. The SPCA asserts that animal size is not as much a determining factor as personality and lifestyle. Read the SPCA’s big dog mythbusting article here.
The San Francisco SPCA is an independent, community-supported nonprofit organization caring for cats and dogs. Their adoption center at 250 Florida Street is open from 12pm-6pm Monday-Thursday and 10am-6pm Friday-Sunday.
The SF Animal Care and Control Center is a taxpayer-funded open-admission animal shelter that treats wild, exotic, and domestic animals. Their adoption center at 1419 Bryant Street is open daily from 12pm-5pm.
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