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Front Street Animal Shelter strives to protect animals in a bid to reunite them with their owners or see that they're adopted to the loving, forever homes they deserve.
While they primarily focus on dogs and canine-related services (as mandated by the Sacramento City Code), they also take in cats and other animals. With save rates just over 80% for both dogs and cats, the shelter acknowledges that there's plenty of room for improvement. With support from residents, generous donations, and committed volunteers they're making enormous improvements to boost their live release rates.
Front Street Animal Shelter also provides crucial animal control services such as investigation of animal related complaints, administering rabies control programs, and rescuing animals.
Friends of Front Street Shelter is a non-profit organization established to help Sacramento's municipal shelter save more animal lives. They're made up of a team of dedicated individuals that help by delivering a host of support services:
Ready to adopt from Front Street Animal Shelter? Animals are adopted on a first-come, first-served basis. While the shelter's staff does their best to update their PetHarbor pages, animals availability isn't guaranteed. It's best that you visit the shelter in person or call/email staff to check if a particular furry friend is still available.
If the animal you're interested in is still available, an adoption coordinator will get in touch with you and make the necessary arrangements for you to meet and adopt the love of your life!
Adoption fees at Front Street Animal Shelter are as follows:
Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, vaccinations, deworming, flea preventative, a 1-year pet license for Sacramento City residents, a personalized and engraved tag, and a free health exam certificate. Dogs are also tested for heartworm and sent home with a dog collar and leash. If you don't have your own cat carrier, the shelter will provide a cardboard one for you.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.