(WWJ) Have you been thinking about adding a furry friend to the family? Now may be the perfect time.
A total 45 animal shelters in Michigan are taking part in an Empty the Shelters event, with adoption fees greatly reduced Thursday, Oct. 1 through Sunday, Oct. 4.
Bissell Pet Foundation founder Cathy Bissell says her organization is picking up the tab for much of costs.
"So it's $25 to adopt, and some shelters go a little bit lower, but we ask them not to go higher than $25," Bissell told WWJ Newsradio 950's Beth Fisher. "And then (adopters) must pay $5 for a microchip. That's important because so many dogs get lost every year."
Bissell said more people have been choosing to adopt pets this year while they're home a lot more because of COVID-19.
To adopt a pet, along with the fee you should bring a driver’s license or state identification, and you'll need to complete an application.
Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center is among those participating in metro Detroit. The shelter, at 1200 Telegraph Rd. Pontiac, will be open by appointment only on Oct. 1 and 2, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. both days, with 82 cats and 28 dogs available.
“There are a hundred animals waiting for their forever home at the pet adoption center,” said Bob Gatt, Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center manager. “We are grateful for BISSELL Pet Foundation’s continued support throughout the pandemic.”
Call 248-858-1070 to schedule an appointment at the Oakland County Animal Shelter, go to OakGov.com/PetAdoption.
Also participating in the event are: Detroit Dog Rescue in Warren, Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control in Detroit, Friends For Animals of Metro Detroit in Dearborn, Saving Cats & Kittens in Michigan in Livonia, Do Only Good Animal Rescue. Humane Society of Monroe County in Monroe, and more.
Visit THIS LINK for more information or to find a participating shelter near you.