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ANIMAL INSTINCTS The needs of Sacramento’s animal population also ex- pand past the capacity of Front Street. It uses foster homes, and at one point during last kitten season, had over 900 cats in foster homes. Without those foster own- ers, these cats would have been put down. Over the course of 2016, over 3,400 cats were in such foster homes. The municipal shelter even transfers dogs to other states to deal with its canine population. “I’m very proud of all of the shelters in our region, be- cause we have really f lipped things around,” Knepp says. “I do not euthanize an animal just because I don’t have space.” Front Street isn’t alone in its efforts, however. Found- ed in 1993, Sacramento’s Happy Tails is a no-kill shelter run mostly by volunteers, with an animal focus on fe- lines. “Our mission, basically, is to help those animals that can’t help themselves,” says Sarah Tomaszewski Farias, a ramento SPCA CEO Kenn Altine says. “And he will attack every other unaltered male out there.” The SPCA has recently changed how it accepts owner-surrendered pets: It now uses a scheduling-based program with discounted surrender fees, which has re- duced the numbers of such animals coming into their fa- cility by about half. In the last four months of 2015, 1,234 animals were surrendered, and after the change over the same period in 2016, that number was 740. Not being a super easy out for pet owners, “really sort of changed that dynamic,” Altine says, “and people were incented to solve their problem.” For Front Street, space is always an issue. “We play Jenga every single 䰁͡ՙ́ɽչt-)̸ͅѡ͔́ѡЁѼͽ)ݡɔݡ́ѡ͡ѕȁ́Ѽѡٔѡ)ͅյȁٔ䁥ɑȁѼٽѡ饹)̸+qQӊéɥɕͽѼЁݸ)Ё͔ѡɗéѽ䁍ѡɗé)՝́Ёѡt-̸ͅ)QЁȁѡɕ́ѥՅ䁽-Êe)̸͡ͅqٕͥЁٕͥ)ɹ$Ѽ͕a$ٔ՝Ѽ)Ѽѡɹ͔ѡɽȁɥ)́ɥѡt)ȁ!Qϊdᕍѥٔɐq]䁅)́́ѡЁɔɕ䁑ɔɅ̻t)!Q́́́ɕѱ䁙ɽѡ)չ䰁ѡȁɥ́ݥѠ́Ё)́ѡЁ܁̸)!Q́́ɽչٕ́啅ȁش)ѡ͡ѕȁ́ѥ̸ԁٔЃP)ɔѡPЁԁɕ䁭܁ݡЁո)хѡ䁍 Ё!Q́́ѡ͍́)ѕ́Ѽٔɽչх́Ё́͡)ѕȰЁՑ́Ʌȁչх͕́)ѡɔ)eչȁ́ɕ͕Ёѡȁɽͽѡ)ѕ́ѥѼ䁉ѱqQЁ́չȴ)х͔ѡ䁹Ѽٔѥ́䳊t͡)̸ͅ)=ѡȁɽ́ͥЁѡɝѥݥѠѡձ)ѡЁЁȁ܁́́ͼ)ՔMѥ̃Pɥѕ͕ͽPЁ)ͻeЁѼх܁̸+q ͥ䰁ݔٔхչЁѕȁ̰)ݡѡ͔ɔձݔٔѼ݅Ёչѥ)ɔѕЁ́مtQͭ)ɥ̸́ͅQͥѕȁ́ѕ)ݕ)Uѥѕ䰁!Qϊd́ѼѼ)ѡ䁍хЁݥѠͼѡЁ)ɹ݅䰃qЁչչѕ䁅Ёѡ́аݔ)ѕ䁡ٔѼѡиݔ䁅ɥɥѥ)́ѡЁɔѡЁɔͥՅѥtQ̴)ɥ̸́ͅ)]ЁЁѼѡɽ܁ѽ́)Ёݹ̰1єаѡͽͅՅ䰁)ѡЁͻeЁѡЁ͔ѥ+qeԁٔѼѡ͕Ёɽѡé)٥͔ܰѡ́ɔѡЁх)ɔQӊéݡ䁥ӊéɕ䁥хЁȁѼЁ)Ցхɥѥ锳t̸͡ͅq%ݔeЁ)ѡé٥ȁ͕Ёݡɔѡ̰)ѡݔݥٕȁt)] ɬ́ɥѕȰѽȰѽɅȁЁ)ѡ Ёݕͽи=Qݥѕ)}] ɬȁݥɬѕѱ乍)ѽ͵܁ A%Q0I%=8 IL(