Front Street Animal Shelter

Sacramento, California

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About Front Street Animal Shelter

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:

  • Training Front Street Animal Shelter's staff and volunteers
  • Offering help for the shelter's medical team
  • Funding non-routine medical care and procedures
  • Funding the construction of a modular building to meet their need for additional space
  • Buying and donating specialized food for kittens in foster care
  • Conducting multiple fundraisers such as their Brewfest and Imperils (their largest annual fundraisers)

Contact Info

2127 Front St
(916) 808-7387
Not provided

Hours of Operation

Not provided

Adoption Process

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

Adoption fees at Front Street Animal Shelter are as follows:


  • Puppies (up to 6 months): $100
  • Dogs (6+ months): $85


  • Kittens (up to 1 year): $65
  • Adults (1+ years): $5

Other Animals

  • Rabbits: $35
  • 2 rabbits: $50
  • Rats and mice: $5
  • Hamsters and guinea pigs: $10


  • Senior pets (5+ years) for senior citizens (55+ years): $5

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.

Adoption Process & Fees

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.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

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:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

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.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

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.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Front Street Animal Shelter
directly using the contact info above.

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