Right now, the Metro Animal Shelter in Tuscaloosa is stuffed with canine and cats. What the individuals who work there need to see is an empty shelter.
“No animal ought to have to be caught in a kennel all day, each day for its life,” mentioned Tara Freeman, who’s the kennel supervisor at Metro Animal Shelter.
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“So, discovering a house, whether or not it is quickly by means of a foster or a endlessly house, it’s extremely rewarding for the individual that’s doing it and, in fact, for that animal,” Freeman mentioned.
To assist unite potential pet house owners with a brand new furry buddy, the nonprofit Tuscaloosa shelter is collaborating subsequent week within the nationwide “Empty the Shelters” pet adoption occasion sponsored by the Bissell Pet Foundation.
Beginning Monday and persevering with by means of May 8, Metro Animal Shelter will scale back cat and canine adoption charges to $5 for eligible company along with “Empty the Shelters.” Regular adoption charges on the shelter are $100 for canine or puppies and $50 for cats or kittens.
For extra details about adopting a pet, name 205-752-9101 or go to the Metro Animal Shelter web site at www.metroanimalshelter.org. The shelter will probably be open from midday till 5 p.m. May 4 and May 8 for adoptions solely. Metro Animal Shelter is at 3140 thirty fifth St.
More than 275 shelters in 45 states are collaborating in “Empty the Shelters,” which sponsors decreased pet adoption charges of $25 or much less, for the primary full week of May.
Other animal shelters in Alabama that may take part embody the Greater Birmingham Humane Society, Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center in Gadsden and the Lee County Humane Society.
Tuscaloosa and the opposite animal shelters in Alabama are not alone in going through the difficulty of overcrowding.
“Shelters across the country are over-capacity and highly adoptable pets are at risk as we face one of the largest crises in recent years,” mentioned Cathy Bissell, founding father of the Bissell Pet Foundation, in a information launch.
“Bissell Pet Foundation is calling on people to visit their community shelters during ‘Empty the Shelters’ to save a life through adoption. Without you, there is no tomorrow for these deserving pets,” Bissell mentioned.
According to the information launch, the “Empty the Shelters” occasion has helped over 83,000 pets to discover properties within the U.S. and Canada since its first 12 months in 2016.
Freeman mentioned overcrowding on the Tuscaloosa shelter has been a persistent drawback. There is all the time a necessity for folks to undertake pets or present pets with a foster house. She hopes “Empty the Shelters” will assist.
“Most of time we’re at capability … So the Bissell (“Empty the Shelters”) occasion helps transfer animals out of right here a bit of faster. Fostering, in fact, is among the greatest issues we’re asking for proper now,” Freeman mentioned.
Freeman encourages households to undertake from native animal shelters since these animals are assured to be spayed and neutered, which can assist scale back overcrowding in shelters and locally.
Metro Animal Shelter has been open since 1994 and is funded by means of donations, adoption charges and appropriations from the town of Northport, the town of Tuscaloosa and Tuscaloosa County.
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