Two weeks ago, we celebrated the launch of our Onboard Pet Policy at Emeryville Amtrak Station on a cold, yet cheerful morning. In attendance were Capitol Corridor riders and a variety of furry friends, though some were too big to ride the train. We learned that of the pets at the event, all but one were adopted from shelters or rescue agencies! This stat includes Cleo, the face of the Onboard Pet Policy campaign, who was adopted 10 years ago from an rescue agency in the South Bay.
While we were overjoyed to learn this, we also know that many of our local shelters are overcrowded, overburdened, and need support to care for animals in need.
Giving Tuesday is an annual day of extending generosity, social, and financial capital to communities and organizations across the globe. This holiday season, we invite you to support your local animal shelters by donating, fostering, or adopting an animal.
There are many local animal shelters and humane societies along our corridor. Oakland Animal Services plans many pet adoption fairs at local businesses in Jack London Square, right next to OKJ Amtrak Station. This Giving Tuesday, the shelter is doubling your impact! Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary located in Sacramento (and very close to Sacramento Station) is also matching funds. Other animal shelters along our corridor include Humane Society of Silicon Valley, Hayward Animal Shelter, and Berkeley Humane Society, just to name a few.
And remember, if you decide to adopt a furry friend, remember that we now allow pets (cats and dogs under 20lbs) onboard our trains!