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If you’re looking to grow your family by four paws, you’re in luck! It just got easier to adopt instead of shop.

The much-anticipated $18.5 million Elk Grove Animal Shelter opened at the corners of Iron Rock Way and Union Park Way late last month, meeting a growing need for a local shelter.

As Elk Grove has grown, so has the pet population. With this growth has come a need for temporary housing for stray animals or pets who have gone missing. Before the doors of the shelter opened, the city of Elk Grove Animal Services had an agreement with the Bradshaw Animal Shelter to be able to take animals to that shelter when found within the city.

The beautiful new building is a celebrated addition to the community and will provide much-needed services to hundreds of animals who have gone missing, been abandoned, mistreated or are in need of a forever home. The shelter’s team will provide spay and neuter, foster, adoption and reunification services, according to The Sacramento Bee.

The 17,000-square-foot space has accommodations for up to 55 cats and 65 dogs, according to the Bee, and will be supported by a team of 26 shelter employees, in addition to volunteers.

According to the shelter’s Facebook page, opening day was a huge success. Community members brought donations, toured the new facility and even went home with new furry friends. Four dogs and three kittens were adopted in just one day of being open to the public.

A grand opening celebration will be held at the shelter on Saturday, October 12 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., and community members are invited to take a tour of the shelter, pick up pet-friendly treats and meet pets who are looking for their forever homes. To place adoptable animals in their forever homes quickly, the shelter will be holding monthly adoption events every third Sunday at the Elk Grove Florin Rd. Petco, and every second and fourth Saturday at the Elk Grove Blvd. Pets to Go, and Laguna Main Street Pets to go, respectively. Information about upcoming adoption day dates and locations can be found on the city of Elk Grove’s Animal Services Facebook page.

The shelter is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays, from 12 until 6 p.m.

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