SPCA cuts dog adoption fees to $30 as kennels fill up

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Sacramento is reducing the cost of adopting larger dogs due to a recent influx of dogs into its kennels, according to the organization’s Twitter Thursday.

Individuals can now adopt dogs over seven months old and over 30 pounds for $30. Special pricing was introduced to help these dogs find homes faster and to make room for other dogs in need.

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Screenshot of Sacramento’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals tweet Thursday about recently reduced adoption fees. Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Twitter

Adoption prices for dogs typically range from $110, not including the discount.

For those looking to find a furry best friend, SCPA Sacramento offers same-day adoption Tuesday through Saturday. The shelter has dogs ranging from German Shepherds, American Pit Bulls to Alaskan Malamutes and Border Collie mixes.

You can see which dogs are up for adoption and find available appointments on the website. New meeting times are updated daily at 9 a.m. Pets available for adoption are on a first-come, first-served basis, according to the SPCA’s website.

Before adopting a dog

Before adopting a dog, the SPCA recommends that you do your research and learn more about the tendencies and characteristics of the dog you love.

Each breed of dog will generally have behavioral traits, as well as “exercise requirements, grooming needs, and potential health issues.”

According to the Animal Humane Society, you should also consider getting approval from members of your household if you live with others, and the overall costs of owning a pet, which include food, grooming , supplies, licenses and veterinary care.

Other recommendations from the organization before adopting a pet include:

  • Considering existing pets you may have and how they can be properly introduced to each other
  • If you can dedicate the time to your pet’s care, training and attention
  • Check if your landlord allows pets and if there are any required pet deposits
  • Purchase all necessary supplies, leashes, bedding and food for the pet

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Hanh Truong is a service desk reporter for The Sacramento Bee. She was previously a freelance journalist, covering education and culture for PBS SoCal and music for buzzbands.la.

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