Free pet adoptions at El Dorado County animal shelters during December |

Free pet adoptions at El Dorado County animal shelters during December

Brutus is just one of the many animals that individuals can adopt free of charge during December.
Courtesy of El Dorado County |

For the month of December, pet adoption fees at El Dorado County animal shelters will be waived.

The fees at both the Diamond Springs and South Lake Tahoe shelters are covered thanks to a donation by TravelLite RV Rentals in Placerville, according to a press release form the county. While adoptions are free during December, individuals adopting dogs will need to plan to purchase a dog license prior to taking their new pooch home.

“We are very thankful for this act of kindness during the holiday season by this local business,” Henry Brzezinski, chief of El Dorado County Animal Services, said. “We hope community members come out and see all of the wonderful pets now available at our shelters. We hope every one of the animals finds a loving, forever home before the new year.”

Pictures and descriptions of the cats, dogs and other animals currently available for adoption at the shelters can be found at All cats and dogs available for adoption at the shelters are spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and given a health exam.

The adoption fee is normally $42 for cats, $120 for dogs, $15 for small animals such as rabbits, and $40 for small livestock. The one-year license fee for adoptable dogs is $23 to $34.50.

The animal services shelter in Diamond Springs is located at 6435 Capitol Ave. It is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The shelter in South Lake Tahoe is located at 1120 Shakori Drive and is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. The shelters will be closed on observed holidays.

Shelter staff may be reached by phone at 530-621-5795 in Diamond Springs or 530-573-7925 in South Lake Tahoe.

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