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(WFXR) – Due to slow adoptions and longer stays for homeless animals, shelters across the country – including two in southwest Virginia – are filled with furry friends who deserve to be have a real home this holiday season.

In order to give many pets a chance to move from shelter kennels to comfy sofas in loving homes, the BISSELL Pet Foundation is hosting their discounted adoption event “Empty Shelters – Hope vacation ”by Monday, December 20.

During the national event, BISSELL Pet Foundation said it is sponsoring adoption fees of $ 25 or less at more than 230 shelters in 41 states and Canada, including the Alleghany Humane Society, Inc. and the Pittsylvania Pet Center.

“Shelters are overcrowded and in desperate need of support due to slowing adoption rates and increasing length of stay for pets,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “With so many looking to add pets to their families this time of year, our ‘Empty Shelters – Holiday Hope’ event is the perfect opportunity to make a difference in your community by saving a living and creating a space to give another homeless pet a chance.

The Alleghany Humane Society, Inc. announced on Tuesday, December 7 that she had already had her first adoption of Empty shelters event and will continue to offer reduced adoption fees until December 20.

You can view other adoptable animals at the Alleghany Humane Society, Inc. at Facebook Or on PetFinder.

As for the Pittsylvania Pet Center, the adoption fee has been reduced to $ 25 for all pets for the next two weeks. Meanwhile, the animal center has already posted pictures on Facebook of several dogs and cats waiting to be welcomed into their homes forever.

The Pittsylvania Pet Center is closed on Mondays, but open from noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Since the first “Empty the Shelters” event in 2016, the foundation claims to have helped 67,758 furry friends find homes in the United States and Canada.

“Remember that pets are FOREVER, not just for the holiday season,” the BISSELL Pet Foundation wrote on Facebook before the event. “Please consider engagement beyond the idea of ​​a pet as a holiday gift. They do not deserve to meet at the refuge after the holidays!

If you plan to give or gift a pet during the holidays, a certified dog trainer for preventive veterinarians reminds you of some important things to keep in mind:

  • Even though the adoption fee is reduced for pets during the Empty Shelters event, you still have to pay for food, vet visits, toys, grooming supplies, cleaning supplies, etc. etc.
  • While you may have more free time to care for a pet while on vacation, think about how much space you have in your schedule once the New Year arrives.
  • The first few months after adopting a pet are very important for bonding, routines, and house rules, so if you have travel plans during or after the holidays, you might want to wait. afterwards to bring the animal home.
  • Getting a vacation puppy that needs potty training means you need to be prepared to get up late at night or early in the morning to take the dog out on a cold day.
  • Having lots of family or friends for the holidays can be overwhelming for a pet who is always adjusting to their new surroundings, even creating lasting fears or socialization issues for some animals. Guests may also bring other dangers, such as open doors, luggage to climb into, and the urge to feed the animal table scraps.
  • Rules should be established for children regarding the proper handling, petting and personal space of pets.

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