ROGERS, Ark. — Rogers Animal Services in partnership with the BISSELL Pet Foundation (BPF) and Dogtopia will be offering the chance to adopt a dog or puppy with zero fees from May 2-13.
Rogers Animal Services will be one of the more than 350 shelters to participate in the Empty the Shelters event, which nationally lasts from May 1-15. Individual shelters that participate have their own timeframe.
Pets adopted as part of the event will be fully vaccinated, microchipped, and spayed or neutered for less than $50, depending on the shelter. The event happens quarterly and this is this year's first event.
Adoption fees are covered by BPF, a foundation that focuses on providing support to animal welfare organizations which include the aforementioned vaccination, microchipping, spay/neuter services as well as crisis and disaster response.
Other shelters in Arkansas participating in the event include:
- Humane Society of Independence County
- Cabot Animal Support Services
- River Valley Needy Paws Animal Shelter
- Eureka Springs Good Shepherd Humane Society
- Paws and Claws Pet Shelter of Madison County Arkansas
- Jonesboro Animal Control
- Northeast Arkansas Humane Society
- Humane Society of Pulaski County
- City of Malvern Animal Shelter
"This is a very difficult time for shelters across the country, with increasing owner surrenders due to the housing crisis and inflation as well as slowed adoption rates," said Cathy Bissell, founder of BPF.
Participating organizations advise potential families to research about adoption requirements and specific dogs they might wish to adopt.
Dogtopia is a dog daycare, overnight boarding, and spa services company with centers throughout the U.S. and Canada.
BPF has provided a second chance for almost 140,000 pets in the U.S. and Canada since the event began in 2016.