Willamette Humane Society to Host First No-Fee Adoption Weekend

Willamette Humane Society to Host First No-Fee Adoption Weekend

The event aims to promote adoption awareness and connect rescue pets with loving homes

SALEM, Ore. ─ Feb. 7, 2017 ─ Willamette Humane Society will host its Full Hearts, Empty Kennels no-fee adoption event on February 11 and 12, 2017. During the weekend-long event, adoption fees for both cats and dogs of any age will be waived. Full Hearts, Empty Kennels aims to connect animals in need with adoptive families, as well as raise awareness of pet adoption in the local community.

This will be the organization’s first shelter-wide adoption event to include waived fee adoptions for canines. The event is made possible by a combined contribution of $9,000 from generous donors, including the Barbara Earle Trust, Katherine Hager, Paul and Carol Manka, Pamela Wood, and Bonaventure Gibson Creek in honor of Donna Trivet.

The weekend-long event will also include raffle prizes, pet food and treat samples from NutriSource, and two free workshops for pet owners:

  • Disaster Preparedness for Your Pets with Terri Ellen of Nature’s Pet Market, scheduled for Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12 from 3:00-3:30 p.m. each day. Attendees will learn how to incorporate pets into family emergency preparedness planning and put together a pet-friendly disaster.
  • Forever Home: Supporting Your Newly Adopted Pet with Terri Sides, RN, scheduled for Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12 from 2:00-2:30 p.m. The workshop will take new adoptions step-by-step through harmoniously integrating a new pet into the household  and establishing a loving bond.

Additional shelter staff and volunteers will be on-site to facilitate meet-and-greets, answer questions, and guide new pet parents through the adoption process. Adopting families will be required to complete Willamette Humane Society’s standard adoption application and screening requirements.

The shelter is located at 4246 Turner Rd SE in Salem, Ore. and will be open to the public from 12-6 p.m. during the event weekend. For more information about Willamette Humane Society, visit whs4pets.org.

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About Willamette Humane Society
Willamette Humane Society, located in Salem, Ore., was founded in 1965 by local civic leaders to serve communities in Marion and Polk.  The organization is dedicated to establishing, maintaining and enhancing the bond between companion animals and people, serving more than 8,870 pets and 51,280 people in its last fiscal year. Willamette Humane Society provides essential services and programs such as adoption and sheltering, behavior and training, youth programs and a low-cost spay and neuter clinic. The shelter is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and supported by more than 60 employees and  1,000 volunteers. For more information about Willamette Humane Society, visit whs4pets.org.