- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2016

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - An animal shelter in Southern California is so crowded with dogs, cats and rabbits that it will be waiving adoption fees for interested pet owners.

The Orange County Register reports (http://bit.ly/2e5czda ) that the Orange County shelter has been nearly 95 percent full for several weeks, with as many as 630 animals. County staff say things got crowded after the arrival 200 rabbits seized from a home in October.

OC Animal Care Director Dr. Jennifer Hawkins says overcrowding can harm the physical and mental health of shelter animals.

Adoption fees cover spaying and neutering, veterinary services, implanting and registering microchips and administering vaccines. They normally run about $167 for dogs, $171 for cats and $77 for rabbits.

People adopting animals will still need to pay $27 for a rabies-vaccination certificate.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com

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