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Valley animal rescues cut adoption fees to clear shelters as coronavirus pandemic forces closures

HALO Animal Rescue is waiving adoption fees from March 25-27 to help get pets into loving homes before they shut down adoption location.

PHOENIX — Note: The video about is about a rescue dog from HALO that starred in Disney's live-action remake of "Lady and the Tramp."

Valley animal shelters are attempting to get as many dogs and cats adopted as they can by cutting the cost to take home a pet as they move toward closing adoptions due to the coronavirus.  

HALO Animal Rescue is waiving adoption fees from March 25-27 to help get pets into loving homes. The animal rescue chose to empty their shelter along with four Petco cat adoption locations and two PetSmart locations that house cat and dog adoptions.

Starting March 28, HALO will close the main shelter and their adoption center inside the Deer Valley PetSmart.    

For more information on how to adopt go to halorescue.org

“We get calls and emails every day from people who can no longer care for their pets,” said HALO Animal Rescue President and CEO, Heather Allen, in a news release. 

“Many of them have really sad stories. We want to help, but right now the safety of our staff and volunteers comes first. It’s best if we keep a minimal amount of staff at the shelter to care for the pets as possible. We’re hoping this special will help our shelter pets find homes and for those that don’t get adopted we will be calling on our fosters to take them in. We will not be euthanizing any pets due to closing our shelter to the public.”

The BISSELL Pet Foundation said Tuesday it will sponsor reduced adoption fees across the country to assist animal shelters that are struggling with fewer volunteers and staff to care for their animals.

“Many shelters have already been forced to eliminate all foot traffic in their facilities, so overcrowding is becoming a real issue, Cathy Bissell, founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation, said in a statement. 

“Organizations are scrambling to find fosters to take pets in during this desperate time and they need our help. That’s why BPF will also reduce fees for foster-to-adopt cases.”

You can adopt a pet from Maricopa County Animal Care and Control for $25 by viewing adoptable animals online at www.bissellpetfoundation.org/ets

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