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Ruff Life: Dog Adoption Fees Waived as Shelters Fill Up

Written by Bay City NewsPublished Jun. 07, 2022 • 10:43am
Volunteer Lotta Aalto greets an adoptable dog while at the San Francisco SPCA Adoption Center on Thursday, July 18, 2019. | Jessica Christian/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

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Today is a good day to adopt a dog. So say officials with San Francisco Animal Care and Control and the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, both of which have waived adoption fees temporarily to encourage more adoptions.

A dog named Ada up for adoption
Ada, one of many large dogs available for adoption at San Francisco Animal Care and Control. | San Francisco Animal Care and Control via Bay City News

Pandemic-related delays in spay and neuter surgeries have filled shelters in the city—as well as elsewhere in the Bay Area and across the nation, local officials said—with homeless dogs.

Compounding the issue is a decline in people adopting dogs—especially larger canine breeds—as life slowly returns to normal, officials said.

“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, leader of the San Francisco 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.”

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Scarlett and SF Animal Care & Control’s Executive Director Virginia Donohue are hoping that waiving adoption fees will lead to many of our dogs finding loving new homes. “The number of dogs in our care – especially large ones – has significantly impacted our operations,” Donohue said.

The SPCA is waiving adoption fees for all adult dogs age 5 months and up as part of its Summer of Lovin’ adoption promotion. Animal care is waiving adoption fees for all dogs through June 30. View adoptable dogs at the SF SPCA and at SF Animal Care & Control.

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