Joining more than 900 other animal shelters across the country, the Humane Society of Harford County will host a "Clear the Shelters" event in which adoption fees on all pets will be waived, the HSHC said.
The event takes place Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The hope is the removal of fees will encourage people to come out and find loving, permanent homes for the shelter's animals.
“Last year 26 animals from our shelter were placed into adoptive homes, including a rooster, a sun conure, a rabbit and a guinea pig” said Jen Swanson, executive director at HSHC.
Because the hope is to clear the shelter, animals cannot be put on hold during the event. Standard adoption procedures will be followed. Though the adoption fee is waived, adopters will still have to pay a $50 deposit for a Harford Animal Sterilization Program certificate if the animal isn't already spayed or neutered. The fee is refunded with 60 days of the completion of the animal's sterilization procedure.
“We’re very excited to join shelters all across the country who will be opening their doors wide to find homes for thousands of pets this Saturday," said Cat Kelly, shelter operations director at HSHC. "We want to open for business on Sunday with very little or no animals left!”