Add a happy, healthy shelter pet to your Sacramento home by sourcing locally and skipping the stores. Adopters save on veterinary costs and have a helping hand when new pets pose problems. All of the groups listed here have an ongoing need for volunteers, donations and foster homes, so if you can’t adopt right now, you can still further the causes of these furry fellas.
City of Sacramento Animal Care Services
Price: $ 85 dogs/$65 cats
Hours: Wed to Fri – 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sat to Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The City of Sacramento shelter offers a wide range of adoptables including cats, dogs, rabbits and even chickens. All pets in this clean, professional facility receive top-notch health care, nutrition and socialization thanks to the tireless efforts of shelter staff and volunteers. Visit the shelter website to learn more about the organization’s services and check their Petfinder site to see animals that are currently up for adoption.
Sacramento County Animal Care and Regulation
Price: $81 cat/$121 male dog/$147 female dog
Hours: Wed to Fri – 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sat to Sun – 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The County’s state-of-the-art facility allows visitors to find their perfect pet in a bright, fun shelter. In addition to the many opportunities to meet and greet adoptable animals, the shelter includes The Critter Outfitter, a retail shop for pet supplies and goodies. The shop is operated by a nonprofit group that raises funds to support county shelter services and offers animal-education and community outreach programs.
Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary, Inc.
Price: $200 to $350 (based on age and special needs)
Hours: by appointment Thurs – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sat to Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
This beautiful, all volunteer-run sanctuary is an excellent place for puppies and dogs to be until they are matched with their perfect new family. The nonprofit group provides love and care for displaced, homeless and abandoned Golden Retrievers and GR mixes from all over northern California. Appointments must be made before visiting the sanctuary.
City of Folsom Animal Care and Regulation
Price: $120 dogs/$80 cats
Hours: Mon to Fri – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Although it may be a smaller area geographically than is handled by some other municipal shelters, the City of Folsom has no shortage of animals in need. Adoptable pets from Folsom Animal Care and Regulation are housed and cared for at the Blue Ravine Animal Hospital; this clean and friendly place provides exceptional care to each animal until the perfect new family for them can be found.
Helen’s Animal Rescue Team
Sacramento, CA 95819
Price: $30 per cat (spayed/neutered, wormed, shots, flea treated)
This small nonprofit generally handles only cats and kittens, although occasionally a dog slips in. Like many other volunteer-run groups, it does not have a shelter facility — all animals are placed in foster homes until they are adopted. Cats and kittens get to live in a normal household setting rather than in a shelter, which can be less stressful for the pet and offers the chance for more one-on-one care.
Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers animals and community issues. She has volunteered and worked for many organizations helping animals and people.
Her work can be found at Examiner.com.