Local animal shelters benefit from reduce-fee adoption push

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Several area animal shelters are participating in the upcoming – BISSELL Pet Foundation’s Empty the Shelters July 10-12.

Three centers in the region and seven statewide are among the 160 nationwide taking part in the effort to find homes for thousands of cats and dogs.

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BISSELL is supplementing adoptions so new owners can take home pets for $25 or less.

Kentucky Participants Include:

  • Humane Society Of Henderson County – Henderson
  • Lawrence County Humane Society Animal Shelter – Louisa
  • Lexington Humane Society – Lexington
  • Warren County Humane Society – Bowling Green
  • Paris Animal Welfare Society Inc. – Paris
  • Scott County Humane Society – Georgetown
  • Barren River Animal Welfare Association – Glasgow

With fostering pets becoming so prevalent during COVID-19, BPF will also honor foster-to-adopt cases that start as fosters during the weekend of July 10-12 and are finalized up to one week after the event.

“More pets run away on the 4th of July than any other day of the year,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “The increase in shelter intake puts pressure on our partners, who are already working with limited staff and funding due to COVID-19. The best way for us to support them is to help their pets find loving homes.” 

Participating shelters will work with interested adopters to schedule meet and greet appointments following local COVID-19 guidelines.

To find an adoptable animal at a participating location, visit www.bissellpetfoundation.org/ets.

All animals included in the ETS promotion will be microchipped and spayed/neutered to prevent further pet homelessness.

Since the program began in 2016, Empty the Shelters has found homes for 37,394 pets and counting. During the COVID-19 pandemic alone, 6,231 pets were adopted during two ETS events executed by appointment only.