Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter will offer $5 pet adoptions

Right now, the Metro Animal Shelter in Tuscaloosa is full of dogs and cats. What the people who work there want to see is an empty shelter.

“No animal should have to be stuck in a kennel all day, every day for their life,” said Tara Freeman, kennel manager at Metro Animal Shelter.

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“So finding a home, whether temporarily through foster care or a forever home, is very rewarding for the person doing it and, of course, for that animal,” Freeman said.

To help unite would-be pet owners with a new furry friend, the nonprofit Tuscaloosa Shelter will be participating in the Bissell-sponsored “Empty the Shelters” national pet adoption event next week. Pet Foundation.

Starting Monday through May 8, Metro Animal Shelter will reduce cat and dog adoption fees to $5 for eligible customers in conjunction with “Empty Shelters.” Regular adoption fees at the shelter are $100 for dogs or puppies and $50 for cats or kittens.

For more information on adopting a pet, call 205-752-9101 or visit the Metro Animal Shelter website at www.metroanimalshelter.org. The shelter will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on May 4 and 8 for adoptions only. Metro Animal Shelter is at 3140 35th St.

More than 275 shelters in 45 states are participating in “Empty the Shelters,” which sponsors reduced animal adoption fees of $25 or less, for the first full week of May.

Other Alabama animal shelters that will participate include the Greater Birmingham Humane Society, the Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center in Gadsden, and the Lee County Humane Society.

Tuscaloosa and Alabama’s other animal shelters aren’t the only ones dealing with the overcrowding problem.

“Shelters across the country are over capacity and highly adoptable pets are at risk as we face one of the biggest crises in years,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of the Bissell Pet Foundation. , in a press release.

“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 said. .

According to the press release, the “Empty the Shelters” event has helped more than 83,000 pets find homes in the United States and Canada since its first year in 2016.

Freeman said overcrowding at the Tuscaloosa shelter was an ongoing problem. There is always a need for people to adopt pets or provide them with a foster home. She hopes “Empty the Shelters” will help.

“Most of the time we’re at full capacity… So the Bissell event (‘Empty the Shelters’) helps get the animals out of here a little bit quicker. The foster family, of course, is there. one of the biggest things we’re asking for right now,” Freeman said.

Freeman encourages families to adopt from local animal shelters because these animals are guaranteed neutered and neutered, which will help reduce overcrowding in shelters and in the community.

Metro Animal Shelter has been in operation since 1994 and is funded by donations, adoption fees, and appropriations from the City of Northport, City of Tuscaloosa, and Tuscaloosa County.

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