Silicon Valley animal shelters team up to raise pet adoption awareness

There's 1,200 furry friends out there, spread among six Silicon Valley animal shelters that have banded together in a campaign to find the animals permanent homes for the holidays.

According to shelter officials, only 25 percent of pet owners adopt an animal from such a facility, and that's something the Shelters First campaign aims to change.

“We need to raise awareness to the point where another 5 percent of owners adopt from our shelters,” said shelter supervisor Brigid Wasson in a statement. “That will put thousands more animals in loving homes — and forever eliminate shelter overcrowding.”

The shelters are offering a December adoption special, which will have reduced $12 adoption fees through the month for adult animals. Baby animals are available at regular prices.

All six Silicon Valley shelters are overwhelmed, and have been working together on short-term solutions such as transferring animals between shelters and moving them into foster homes. Officials said the clear solution is to raise the rate that people adopt animals from shelters.

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