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County Animal Shelter Reopens to the Public

Mar 17, 2022 12:00AM ● By By Allison Harris, Sacramento County

We welcome everyone to stop in and visit our shelter pets and beautiful facility.

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - On Wednesday, Feb. 23, Sacramento County’s Bradshaw Animal Shelter made the transition to fully reopen to the public–doing away with adoption appointments and restricted hours.

Like many businesses, Sacramento County’s Bradshaw Animal Shelter has been closed to the public due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The shelter initially closed its doors in March 2020 in response to state-mandated health regulations. While shelter staff continued to provide outstanding care for the shelter animals and animals in the community, the public was not able to access the shelter for services including adoptions. Furthermore, social distancing mandates and essential worker guidelines called for understaffing and loss of volunteers. This resulted in overcrowding of the animal population, which was temporarily resolved by the shelter’s foster program and the implementation of a new adoption by appointment process

For the next two years and as mandates began to loosen up, the shelter operated in this capacity but began to host walk-in adoption events on weekends and with rescue partners. These events were very successful and helped animals get out of the shelter and into homes quickly – lessening the shelter population impact and increasing positive outcomes.

“We are very excited and proud to reopen without adoption appointments. It is time to achieve even higher lifesaving results and the feedback from the public has been very positive,” said Bradshaw Animal Shelter Director, Annette Bedsworth. “We welcome everyone to stop in and visit our shelter pets and beautiful facility. Help us continue our lifesaving mission and adopt today!” 

Here is what you should know before you go:

The shelter is open Tuesday-Sunday, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. (excluding holidays); The shelter is located at 3839 Bradshaw Rd, Sacramento, CA 95827; Adoptions are first-come, first-serve. Consider arriving early; You are free to browse the shelter without assistance from staff; Adoption applications and specials are available on the shelter’s website; You can view adoptable animals before you arrive by visiting the adoptable animals webpage; Pet licensing is available in-person, online and via mail; If you cannot adopt, please consider volunteeringfostering or donating

To learn more about the Bradshaw Animal Shelter and its lifesaving mission, visit

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