For Immediate Release
September 1, 2015
Animal Services Superintendent
Community Resources Division
AREA ANIMAL SHELTERS COLLABORATE FOR SECOND ANNUAL “EMPTY OUR SHELTERS” ADOPTION EVENT
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The tail end of summer brings with it full cages at local animal shelters. Northwest Arkansas shelters are challenging the community to help empty those cages during the second annual “Empty Our Shelters” adoption event on Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12 by adopting a new pet. Adoption fees will be reduced to only $10 on those days at the following shelters: Fayetteville Animal Services, Springdale Animal Services, Lowell Animal Services, Rogers Animal Services, Bella Vista Animal Shelter, Siloam Springs Animal Services, Madison County Animal Shelter, and the Lester C. Howick Animal Shelter of Washington County.
Similar events have been held all over the country in recent weeks, including a regional event in Texas during which over 2,200 pets found homes. “We are so excited to work together to bring the idea of adopting your next pet to the front of people’s minds,” said Justine Lentz, Animal Services Superintendent for the city of Fayetteville. “Northwest Arkansas is an amazing place to live and we know it is full of animal lovers. If Texas can empty their cages, I know Northwest Arkansas can do the same,” Lentz continued.
On Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12 during normal operating hours – all adoptable pets will have a $10 adoption fee at the Fayetteville, Springdale, Lowell, Rogers, Bella Vista, Siloam Springs, Madison County, and Washington County animal shelters. “All the shelters that participated last year are back this year and even more have joined!” said Lentz. All shelters will follow their normal adoption application policies and procedures, so be sure to check with your local shelter if you have any questions. Fayetteville Animal Services, located at 1640 S. Armstrong Avenue, will be open from Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the big event. “Our staff wishes that when they come into work on Sunday, all the cages will be empty and all of our pets will have found loving homes,” stated Lentz.