Texans who want to welcome a new furry friend into their home can show their hospitality and big hearts by being part of this weekend. Empty the shelters an event.
As part of a national program, sponsored by the Bissell Pet Foundation, from July 10-12, the organization is working with adoption agencies across Texas to lower fees to give cats and dogs homes for all time. In some cases, the fee to bring home a new fuzzy companion can be as low as $25.
Participating shelters and nonprofits include Citizens for Animal Protection and Houston Humane Society in Houston, Dallas Animal Services and San Antonio’s Animal Care Service. Participating shelters will work with interested adopters to schedule foster appointments in accordance with local COVID-19 guidelines.
At the start of the pandemic, pet adoptions spiked across the country as people found themselves living under stay-at-home orders. But those statistics have leveled off, leaving thousands of cats and dogs homeless. Bissell notes that foster families have stepped in to fill the void, and this weekend’s adoption event will also honor adoptable foster cases who start as foster families over the weekend. from July 10 to 12 and are finalized up to one week after the event.
The timing of the adoption push is simple.
“More pets run away on July 4 than any other day of the year,” Cathy Bissell, founder of Bissell Pet Foundation, said in a press release announcing the event. “The increase in shelter intake is putting 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.
Those interested in bringing home a pet should visit Bissell’s Empty the Shelters site to find the nearest participating organization. Bissell recommends contacting individual agencies to schedule appointments and verify hours of operation. All animals included in the Empty the Shelters promotion will be microchipped and neutered/neutered to prevent animals from becoming homeless again.
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 have been adopted at two previous Empty the Shelters events.