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HomeCape NewsLee County Domestic Animal ServicesSummer National “Empty the Shelters” runs thru July 31

Summer National “Empty the Shelters” runs thru July 31

Lee County Domestic Animal Services will waive adoptions fees as one part of 335+ shelters participating nationwide

Lee County Domestic Animal Services and the BISSELL Pet Foundation, a national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending pet homelessness, are excited to announce they will team up with MetLife Pet Insurance for the foundation’s upcoming “Empty the Shelters” waived adoption fee event. With the shared goal of helping pets find and stay in loving homes, this collaboration will save lives by expanding the foundation’s reach to include more shelters across the country.

  • Animal Services will participate thru July 31, 2023, at 5600 Banner Drive, offering waived adoption fees for adult dogs and all cats and kittens with an approved application.
  • All interested adopters can find more details online at www.leelostpets.com.

Since the 2016 inception of BISSELL Pet Foundation’s “Empty the Shelters,” nearly 158,000 pets at 669 animal welfare organizations in 49 states and Canada have received second chances. An average of 1,200 shelter pets are adopted each day during each quarterly national event. Through this partnership and continued support, the foundation is looking forward to reaching more pets in more shelters and communities during this upcoming event. 

“We are excited to team up with MetLife Pet Insurance to offer 30 days of pet insurance at no cost to the adopter, as well as the opportunity to purchase an annual pet insurance policy, which could make a difference in helping adopters deal with their pet’s unexpected illness or injury,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “Veterinary costs add up quickly, and too often, pet owners forgo care or surrender their beloved pets when they can’t afford treatment. This collaboration could help to enable more pets in more communities to be adopted through ‘Empty the Shelters’ and can help facilitate adopters seeking treatment to keep their pets healthy and in their new homes.”

“Lee County Domestic Animal Services is honored to once again partner with the BISSELL Pet Foundation to find homes for our shelter pets,” said Pablo Adorno, Director of Animal Services. “Their continued support is invaluable to our agency and community.”

BISSELL Pet Foundation and Lee County domestic Animal Services urge families to do their research about the pet they are interested in adopting, as well as adoption requirements.

For more information on adopting or donating to “Empty the Shelters,” visit www.bissellpetfoundation.org/empty-the-shelters as well as www.LeeLostPets.com or call 239-533-7387 (LEE-PETS).

You may also submit an adoption application online. Adoption hours are 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday at Animal Services, 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, next to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office off Six Mile Cypress Parkway.

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