National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month celebrated in Placer County with special event supported by Congressman Kiley, Supervisor Landon 

Published Oct. 2, 2023

With shelters across the nation experiencing increased overcrowding, Placer County Animal Services is partnering with local elected officials to raise awareness and celebrate National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month with discounted adoptions.

Throughout the entire month of October, residents and visitors alike will have the chance to adopt a shelter pet from the Auburn shelter for only $15.

To kickstart the celebration, PCAS is partnering with Congressman Kevin Kiley and Placer County Supervisor Shanti Landon to host a special event on Saturday, Oct. 7. The event promises an array of engaging activities and opportunities for attendees.

WHAT: Inaugural adoption event for National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Featuring shelter tours every half hour, items such as toys and pet food provided by PCAS, and discounted adoptions.

WHO: Congressman Kevin Kiley; Placer County Supervisor Shanti Landon; and the staff and furry friends at Placer County Animal Services

WHERE: Placer County Animal Services, 11232 B Ave., Auburn, CA

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

“I'm honored to partner with Supervisor Landon and PCAS on this event to promote animal welfare and help these pets find a loving home,” said Kiley. 

Placer County Animal Services has seen a 21% increase in dog intakes from comparable periods in 2022 to 2023, while also seeing 6% and 2% declines in adoptions and redemptions, respectively. As a result, the shelter has experienced more frequent overcrowding this year, particularly with dogs – a trend that mirrors national shifts. The average length of stay has increased by 6 days for dogs and 8 days for cats.

“It is taking a significantly longer time to get pets out of the shelter, leading to lack of kennel space and crowding,” said Katie Ingram, program manager for the shelter. “Earlier this year, we were forced to put some dogs in crates on the floor, which is not ideal for their health or behavior.”

“While overcrowding took longer to come to our Auburn shelter than many others, we are seeing the impacts now, and we humbly ask for the community’s compassion and support for our shelter pets,” said Landon.  “If you can adopt, adopt – if you can foster, foster. If you can’t do either, please join us and learn more about the variety of other ways to support Animal Services.”

For more information about the event and available adoptable pets, please visit the Placer County Animal Services website at

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