Enjoy National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day in Huntsville with a new pet

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April 30 is officially National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day. Here’s how you can help celebrate. (Huntsville Animal Services)

Did you know that April 30 is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day? Well, it is, and that means if you were ever considering adopting a new furry friend for your family, now is the time.

Huntsville Animal Services is celebrating by waiving adoption fees through May 3 — so an extended celebration of National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, so to speak. Here’s what’s up:

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day (or week)

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Huntsville Animal Services is waiving adoption fees now through May 3. (Huntsville Animal Services)

Huntsville Animal Services, located at 4950 Triana Blvd SW, is overflowing with adoptable pets, and officials say foster families and forever homes are needed immediately.

Animal Services Director Dr. Karen Sheppard said the shelter is full to the brim after taking in more than 90 dogs last week.

“We’re running out of room. Help us clear the shelter through adoptions or our foster program, which gives an animal a temporary home and improves its odds of being adopted.”

Dr. Karen Sheppard, director, Huntsville Animal Services

Since the shelter is waiving fees on most adult dogs and cats now through May 3, now is a great time to help the shelter by adopting a pet. According to the ASPCA, approximately 6.3 million animals enter U.S. shelters every year.

Each pet at Huntsville Animal Services is spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated before leaving the shelter. The animals also come with a City license and free bag of pet food.

Other ways to help

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Adopting or fostering from Huntsville Animal Services or the Greater Huntsville Humane Society helps both agencies’ efforts. (Greater Huntsville Humane Society)

Huntsville Animal Services and the Greater Huntsville Humane Society‘s shelters are both no-kill shelters, which means they fill up quickly, and they need your help.

“We need your help to solve the problem here in Huntsville and across the country. National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day is an excuse to slash fees and encourage adoptions, but in reality, we need more people to adopt, foster and take advantage of spay and neuter programs.”

Dr. Karen Sheppard

If you cannot adopt or foster a pet, please consider monetary donations to these agencies or volunteering your time.

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Michael Seale
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