These metro Atlanta animal shelters are joining #EmptytheShelters again

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Furkids Animal Rescues and Shelters is headquartered in Atlanta.

Bissell Pet Foundation’s event is returning after 4,374 pets found homes in May

Furkids Animal Rescue and PAWS Atlanta are joining a four-day event to help clear out their shelters.

The Bissell Pet Foundation’s #EmptytheShelters event is back this month after a successful run in May.

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“With 186 participating shelters in 45 states offering reduced-fee adoptions of $25 or less, it’s the perfect time to adopt. So many wonderful pets are waiting for homes, and we’re sure you’ll find the pet of your dreams. Don’t miss this great opportunity to bring a pet into your family, and most importantly, save a life,” the foundation said online.

From July 7 to 11, PAWS and Furkids will offer pet adoptions with at special rates.

At Furkids, all cats and kittens can be adopted for just $25. Cats ages 10 and older and those with feline immunodeficiency virus and feline leukemia virus are always free.

Interested adopters must complete an adoption application. You can also visit Furkids at PetSmart and Petco adoption centers, but you’ll need an appointment. See participating locations here.

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PAWS Atlanta is reducing adoption fees to $25 for all cats and dogs ages 1 and older. Those interested in adopting an adult cat or dog should email an adoption application to to schedule an appointment.

Bissell Pet Foundation’s goal is to help decrease the number of animals in shelters and find them loving homes. Empty the Shelters is their biggest program.

Furkids and PAWS are joining the event following the success of local pet shelters offering free adoptions in June. That offer came as many Fulton and DeKalb County shelters were nearing capacity.

“The community stepped up in a big way during the pandemic and helped us to clear the shelters during uncertain times,” DeKalb County Animal Services shelter director Kerry Moyers-Horton told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution then. “We are counting on their amazing support to help save even more lives.”

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