Yukon pets need new homes

Pets & People has ‘Empty the Shelters’ adoption special Oct. 4-10

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Everly is a female Shepherd/Lab mix. She was in a kill shelter before being rescued. Everly is outgoing and fun and ready to be someone's very best friend. (Photo provided)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

A Yukon-area humane society will offer homeless pets for adoption at a reduced rate during next week’s “Empty the Shelters” promotion.

Adoption fees will be just $25 for all adoptable pets – puppies, kittens, adult cats, and dogs – from Oct. 4-10 at Pets & People’s adoption center, 9733 N.W. 4th Street (just east of Morgan Road).

More than 180 shelters in 35 states are participating in this national effort sponsored by Bissell Pet Foundation. In the past five years, Bissell’s quarterly “Empty the Shelters” has helped more than 61,781 pets find their forever homes.

Stachio is a male kitten with markings that look like he has a mustache. He is just one of the near 70 kittens Pets & People has rescued this summer from kill shelters. (Photo provided)

This is the eighth “Empty the Shelters” event that Pets & People has partnered with Bissell Pet Foundation, which helps sponsor the reduced $25 adoption fees. Through those events, more than 150 cats and dogs have found their forever homes.

“We love partnering with Bissell Pet Foundation,” Pets & People executive director Amy Brooks Young said. “These events provide adopters with a $25 adoption fee which allows the adopter to spend money on the items the pet needs such as leash, bed, food bowls, and toys.

“We have over 80 adoptable pets waiting for their forever homes. Over half of those pets are in foster homes so it’s really important for interested adopters to apply for the pet online so an adoption appointment can be scheduled.”

  • All interested adopters can find more details online at petsandpeople.com
  • All adoptions are by appointment only, so interested adopters are encouraged to visit the website and apply for the pet they wish to adopt.
  • All pets are spay/neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped.
  • Pets & People operates a no-kill animal rescue and adoption center in eastern Canadian County.
  • The non-profit humane society has saved more than 56,000 dogs and cats since 1992.
  • In 2021, Pets & People has adopted out 427 pets – 165 cats/kittens and 262 dogs/puppies.
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WHY ‘EMPTY THE SHELTERS’?

The “Empty the Shelters” event began in 2016 as an effort to encourage more families to adopt a pet into their home.

Since its inception, Bissell Pet Foundation has expanded its “Empty the Shelters” reach to organizations in 45 states and Canada, partnering with a total of 414 shelters.

“Shelters are in dire need of support in the wake of natural disasters and overcrowding due to obstacles such as increased length of stay and slowed adoptions for mid-to-large sized dogs,” said Cathy Bissell, founder of Bissell Pet Foundation.

“Our fall ‘Empty the Shelters’ will support the adoption of thousands of pets across the country, helping shelters in this time of crisis. Opening your home to a shelter pet will save a life and create space to give another pet a chance.”

Pets & People’s goal for the fall 2021 event is to find forever homes for 25 pets.

The local humane society hopes the $25 discounted adoption fee Oct. 4-10 will entice Yukon-area families to adopt. Regular adoption fees are $130 for dogs and $85 for cats.