All July adoption fees will be waived for people adopting pets from Louisville Metro Animal Services, the shelter said.
Officials say the shelter is operating near maximum capacity and they want to make sure there is room for incoming animals without euthanization.
“We’re asking the public to help us remain a shelter that doesn’t euthanize simply because it’s out of room by adopting one of our homeless cats or dogs,” said Ozzy Gibson, LMAS shelter director.
The nonprofit Friends of Metro Animal Services and the Pay It Forward Program will pay the waived fees.
Applications for adoption will still have to be completed and approved.
All adoptable shelter pets are spayed or neutered, microchipped and up-to-date on vaccinations.
The Animal House Adoption Center on Newburg Road is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., and Friday until 7 p.m. The shelter on Manslick Road is open Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This week, Mayor Greg Fischer joined Metro Animal Services for the groundbreaking of a $11.5 million animal care complex on Newburg Road.
“This modern, full-service animal shelter will help us provide the optimal care that our animals deserve,” Mayor Fischer said in a news release.
The 33,000 square-foot facility will house up to 235 animals. It will replace the outdated shelter built in 1966.
The shelter will include a community spay and neuter clinic that will operate independently and will also offer low-cost vaccinations and microchipping.
The facility, which is set to open late next summer, will also hold a modern veterinary wing that will house the shelter’s first X-ray machine and four surgery tables.
“We’re not just building an animal shelter for today, we’re ensuring LMAS can meet the needs of Louisville’s homeless pet population in the future,” said Gibson said in a news release. “This will be a shelter that citizens can be proud to support.”