County animal shelters are heavy on dogs

Shelters urging adoptions of homeless dogs, offer 'price is right' program

In response to an increasing number of dogs ending up in Santa Clara County animal shelters recently, these shelters are asking the public to adopt or foster a homeless dog.

There are about 150 dogs in Santa Clara County that need homes, according to Humane Society Silicon Valley.

San Jose Animal Care & Services had 59 dogs, an increase from its usual 28, HSSV reported. Fifteen dogs were brought to Humane Society Silicon Valley to help with the influx. HSSV now has 55 dogs and 11 puppies waiting for adoption.

The Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority, the South County Animal Shelter and Palo Alto Animal Services are also experiencing an overflow of dogs.

To accommodate families on a budget, these shelters are offering a "your price is right" program in which adopters name their adoption fee, though deposits and licensing fees will still apply.

The special price program will continue through the end of this year. Those who are interested in adopting a dog should visit individual shelter websites for more details.

— Bay City News Service

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