BISSELL Pet Foundation Sponsor Reduced Adoption Fees Across the Country

BISSELL Pet Foundation Sponsor Reduced Adoption Fees Across the Country

Lee County Domestic Animal Services is part of 275+ shelters participating in the spring “Empty the Shelters” event

As shelters across the country face overcrowding, BISSELL Pet Foundation is aiming to “Empty the Shelters” by sponsoring waived adoption fees from May 2-7. This event will be hosted in more than 275 shelters in 40 states, including Lee County Domestic Animal Services.

  • Animal Services will participate May 2-7, 2022, at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, offering waived adoption fees with an approved application.
  • All interested adopters can find pets currently available at www.leelostpets.com. The complete online adoption application also is available.

“Empty the Shelters,” BISSELL Pet Foundation’s largest program, began in 2016 as an effort to encourage more families to adopt a pet into their home. More than 83,000 pets have found adoptive homes through this reduced-fee adoption event. Since its inception, this lifesaving event has expanded to organizations in 45 states and Canada, partnering with a total of 443 animal welfare organizations.

“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,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “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 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.

It’s time to ‘flip’ over your new pet at Lee County Domestic Animal Services

It’s time to ‘flip’ over your new pet at Lee County Domestic Animal Services

It is all fun and games at Lee County Domestic Animal Services during April leading up to the eighth annual ‘Flip This Kennel’ event.

This year’s theme is children’s toys and the month will kick off with reduced adoption fees. All adult dogs will be just $20 and cats just $10 with an approved application.

The “Flip This Kennel” event is set for Saturday, April 23. Animal Services, along with various county agencies, area shelters and rescues will decorate kennels and catteries to highlight shelter pets in the county’s adoption center. All cats and dogs in decorated catteries/kennels will have their adoption fees waived the day of the event.

Visitors to the shelter on Saturday, April 23, can vote for their favorite flip between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. People also can vote on the Animal Services Facebook page, Facebook.com/LeeCountyDomesticAnimalServices/ by liking the picture of a favorite kennel or cattery all day Saturday and Sunday. Winners will be posted on the Facebook page Monday, April 25.

The adoption center at Lee County Domestic Animal Services is open 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers. Available pets can be viewed online at www.leelostpets.com.

It’s time to ‘flip’ over your new pet at Lee County Domestic Animal Services

It’s time to ‘flip’ over your new pet at Lee County Domestic Animal Services

It is all fun and games at Lee County Domestic Animal Services during April leading up to the eighth annual ‘Flip This Kennel’ event.

This year’s theme is children’s toys and the month will kick off with reduced adoption fees. All adult dogs will be just $20 and cats just $10 with an approved application.

The “Flip This Kennel” event is set for Saturday, April 23. Animal Services, along with various county agencies, area shelters and rescues will decorate kennels and catteries to highlight shelter pets in the county’s adoption center. All cats and dogs in decorated catteries/kennels will have their adoption fees waived the day of the event.

Visitors to the shelter on Saturday, April 23, can vote for their favorite flip between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. People also can vote on the Animal Services Facebook page, Facebook.com/LeeCountyDomesticAnimalServices/ by liking the picture of a favorite kennel or cattery all day Saturday and Sunday. Winners will be posted on the Facebook page Monday, April 25.

The adoption center at Lee County Domestic Animal Services is open 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers. Available pets can be viewed online at www.leelostpets.com.

Fun & fitness at the 2nd Annual Rescue Run

Fun & fitness at the 2nd Annual Rescue Run

Join the Cape Coral Animal Shelter for fun and fitness at the 2nd Annual Rescue Run.

The Rescue Run 5K allows each of us to be part of the mission in making a marked difference in our community. It is a fun activity for the whole family to participate in! This is a timed event.

Commemorative event medals and runners event shirts provided to participants.

Sunday, April 3, 2022
Check In & Breakfast: 7amRace Start: 8am
Mercola Market 
Event Shirt & Bib pick up at Mercola Market & Cafe on March 30th, March 31st, April 1st & April 2nd from 9 am – 6 pm.
Get More Info & Register >
2nd Annual Pj’s and Paws—A Night at the Shelter

2nd Annual Pj’s and Paws—A Night at the Shelter

On Friday, February 18, 2022, the Cape Coral Animal Shelter will be hosting the 2nd Annual Pj’s and Paws—A Night at the Shelter to benefit the animals. 

This SUPER FUN PAJAMA PARTY will feature 17 representatives of local businesses who will dress in their finest pajamas and spend the night with the animals.  Participants will be matched with one of our resident canines or assigned a cat manor and are encouraged to decorate their “suite” to impress their “date.” The human can read to their “date,” sing, take them for a walk, play, or just spend time together.  At the end of the night, when all is quiet, humans can cuddle up and spend the night with their “date” or tuck them in to dream of their forever home.    

Each will be working toward a goal of raising a minimum of $2,000 through their networks and social media with a goal of raising $34,000 to support the lifesaving work we do. Throughout the event, there will be Facebook live check-ins and each business/celebrity participating will get a chance to shine in their Pj’s and show off their “date” for the evening.

“Our first PJ’s and Paws was a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Liz McCauley, Executive Director. 

“Since our fundraisers were cancelled or postponed, we had to find creative ways to raise much needed funds while still being able to social distance. We felt this was a fun way to raise money and awareness for our adoptable animals.  Much to our amazement, we raised over $36,000, it was a lot of fun, and it has now become one of our signature events.”   

2022 Participants include:

  • Angela Maus—Wicked Dolphin Distillery
  • Barbara Fries—SWFL Parrot Head Club
  • “Sadie”—96.9 WINK FM Morning Show Personality
  • Brittany Probeck—Galena CDJR
  • Chelsea Castoria—CONRIC pr+marketing
  • Danielle Somerville—Florida Veterinary Referral Center/SCAN Naples
  • Denise Deters—Wells Fargo Bank
  • Dr. Cecilia Fisher, Cape Coral Pet Vet
  • Jessica Walker—Markham, Norton Mosteller & Wright & Co.
  • Lee County Sheriff’s Office Representatives
  • Dr. Megan Davis—Viscaya Prado Veterinary Hospital
  • Melanie Waite—Cape Coral Animal Shelter
  • Paige Sheatzley—Florida Veterinary Referral Center/SCAN Naples
  • Rachel Anderson—ABC-7 “More in The Morning”
  • Patrick Rossi—Mercola Market
  • Stephanie Ramos—Florida Veterinary Referral Center/SCAN Naples
  • Sara Turner—The IMAG History & Science Center

For more information, please see our Fundraising Page at capecoralanimalshelter.networkforgood.com/projects/150478-pj-s-paws-2022

Fall head over tails in love this February at Animal Services

Fall head over tails in love this February at Animal Services

Puppy Love is in the air at Lee County Domestic Animal Services. There are lots of “smitten kittens” and “devoted doggies” available, so consider adopting a furry Valentine instead of the traditional roses and chocolates.

From Feb. 1 through Feb. 28, all adoptions will cost $14 with an approved application.

The reduced adoption fee includes the complete package of services: sterilization, age-appropriate vaccinations, county license, microchip ID, de-worming, flea treatment, a heartworm test for dogs, feline AIDS and leukemia test for cats, and a 10-day health guarantee. The adoption package is valued at more than $500.

The staff and volunteers at LCDAS are waiting to help residents find their perfect match. Make plans to visit the shelter at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, next to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office off Six Mile Cypress Parkway.

Adoption hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. All pets available for adoption are online at LeeLostPets.com. Adoption applications are available online or in person.

For more information, call 239-533-7387 (LEE-PETS).    

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