BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Local pet shelters are lowering adoption fees due to a large increase in owner surrenders and stray intakes.

BISSELL Pet Foundation will host its first “Empty the Shelters” event from Oct. 1 to Oct. 15 to help pets find their forever homes by reducing adoption fees to $50 or less. BISSELL will sponsor the adoption fees at more than 345 shelters across the country.

“Our nation’s animal shelters are facing an overcrowding crisis unlike anything we have experienced in more than a decade. The devastating increase in owner surrenders and stray intakes has left tens of thousands of socialized, house-trained, and leash-trained pets desperate to find a home,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “Our Fall National ‘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.”

Participating shelters in or around Baton Rouge

For more information about Empty the Shelters, click here.