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Pay What You Can, Get a Pet

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, November 14, 2011

Until Thanksgiving, the county is accepting donations of whatever an adopter can afford…providing the person can prove the animal will be well-cared-for in a permanent home. 

Dave Dickinson is the shelter's interim director.  He isn't worried that someone getting a pet won't be able to care for it even if that person can't afford all of the normal adoption fee.

DICKINSON: "We haven't run into that in the past when we've run promotions like this and statistics show that people who get something for free might actually value it more because they realize what a good deal they got on it and they tend to maybe give it a little extra veterinary care if it needs it down the road somewhere ."

The county adopts out five to six thousand dogs and cats per year.  The typical charge is between $80 and $140.   

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