Hop On Over: SF Animal Shelter Filled To The Brim With Rabbits, Dogs

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Dog adoption fees are waived and rabbits are only $20.

This is the current adoption model at San Francisco Animal Care & Control (SFACC), which says it’s overrun with animals in need of homes.

A recent influx of rabbits from a hoarder situation hasn’t helped, SFACC spokeswoman Deb Campbell said. About 20 rabbits arrived at the same time, bringing the total population to 35, more than the shelter can comfortably accommodate.

“It’s our job to welcome anyone in need, so we have to make do. But we have rabbits that stay in different kennels than normal,” Campbell said, referring to the overflow of housing the shelter has created to accommodate its fluffy new residents.

Overcrowding is not unique to SFACC; shelters across the country have been overwhelmed with small animals These last months. Campbell believes the crisis has been exacerbated by the pandemic, with some owners abandoning pets they adopted during lockdown.

Rabbits currently available for adoption at San Francisco Animal Care & Control on October 21, 2022. | Courtesy of SFACC

Breeding has also intensified during the lockdown. “Of course, rabbits breed like rabbits,” Campbell said.

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And overcrowding is taking its toll on animals and shelter workers.

“They are the bravest and most resilient people, but overcrowding has an effect on everyone,” Campbell said. “It’s like, ‘Oh no, we’re full again.’ We do what we can do.”

Those looking to adopt dogs, cats or other small animals can visit SFACC daily from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 1419 Bryant St.

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