BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Pet adoption fees will be reduced for six Louisiana animal shelters in the first week of October.

Two of those animal shelters are in the Greater Baton Rouge area — Rescue Alliance in Gonzales and West Feliciana Animal Humane Society in St. Francisville.

The reduced fee adoption event hosted by BISSELL Pet Foundation will be from Oct. 1-8 nationwide. Pet adoption fees will be $50 or less during this week, according to the foundation.

“It has been a challenging year for our nation’s animal shelters. The devastating increase in owner surrenders has left thousands of socialized, house-trained and leash-trained pets desperate to find a home,” said Cathy Bissell, founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “Our fall ‘Empty the Shelters’ will support the adoption of thousands of pets across the country, helping shelters in this critical time. Opening your home to a shelter pet saves a life and creates space to give another pet a chance.”

Other animal shelters participating in the event include CATNIP Foundation at Big Sky Ranch in Folsom, Iberia Parish Rabies Control in New Iberia, Northshore Humane Society in Covington, and St. Bernard Parish Animal Services in Violet.

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