By Jerika L.H
The Front Street Animal Shelter kicked off Free Adoption June in a desperate effort to find homes for the overflow of pets which have recently been left at the shelter. Quickly escalating to crisis level, the Sacramento shelter no longer has space for any incoming animals, which means people turned away from surrendering their pets may make the unfortunate choice to dump animals on the streets – or worse.
The shelter’s facebook plea did not fall on deaf ears, as it was shared over 163,000 times and garnered over 3.8 million views. An update on the situation divulged that the crisis statement effectively brought in four times the amount in normal donations, and over fifty animals were adopted within the day. The Lodi Animal Shelter followed Front Street’s lead and made a similar plea, as they were also inundated with unwanted pets and had nowhere to house them.
Unfortunately, the Lodi Animal Shelter’s urgent need for special relief has put them in a difficult position, as they stated that if enough animals were not adopted by 4p.m yesterday, they would have to be euthanized. Police Sergeant Jennifer Bender was quoted as saying “[This is] really serious. And yes, we were going to euthanize. Unfortunately, we had too many animals to house.” Luckily, the dreaded ‘E-word’ did not become a reality, as support flooded in. The shelter received several donations, in addition to offers to foster as well as a few forever home adoptions.
The crisis is far from over, as 4th of July fireworks sends a record number of pets to the shelter every year, as they often run away from home in fear and get picked up by city officials.
Both shelters are still in dire need of help from the public. Sadly, this is part of a larger trend, as countless other shelters in the tri-county area over overly full.
If you’ve been considering adopting a dog or cat, now is the time to do it. Please contact your nearest shelter to save a life.