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'Louisville's biggest-ever pet adoption weekend' coming this week

Published: Oct. 12, 2015 at 5:16 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 19, 2015 at 5:33 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Organizers are gearing up for what they expect to be Louisville's biggest-ever pet adoption weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17 and 18, the Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) and Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) will waive adoption fees for all pets at the KHS main campus in south Louisville and LMAS' Animal House on Newburg Road.

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"Our goal is to make #VilleMegaAdopt our biggest and best adoption weekend ever, so that every adoptable pet is in a forever home by Sunday night," said KHS spokeswoman Andrea Blair. "In addition to no adoption fees at the KHS Main Campus and LMAS Animal House, we will have music, food, children's activities, vendors and entertainment at both adoption centers."

Louisville's previous pet adoption record was set during last year's Empty the Shelter event, which saw 186 pets find forever homes and left both agencies' main adoption facilities virtually empty by the end of the weekend.

"Combined, our two shelters took in more than 1,200 dogs and cats just in the last month alone," said LMAS spokeswoman Leslie Hawk. "We are currently over-capacity so this adoption special helps us make room for the many homeless animals that will need our assistance."

Hawk emphasized that the agencies are waiving adoption fees but not the adoption process. The public can speed up the process by visiting each agency's website, louisvilleky.gov/AnimalServices and kyhumane.org, in advance for information about their adoption processes. Adopters pay Jefferson County licensing fees.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and Subaru proviced the funds to make this adoption special possible.

All pets adopted from KHS and LMAS have been spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and given worm, tick and flea preventatives - services which are valued at more than $250 per animal.

Visit kyhumane.org or louisvilleky.gov/AnimalServices. to see all adoptable pets.

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