“Empty the Shelters” pet adoption event returns

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press Kennedy Paquin, left, and her sister, Ruby, hang out with adoptable kittens at the Delta Animal Shelter in Escanaba Wednesday. These kittens, along with dogs and rabbits at the shelter, will have adoption fees waived during the Bissell Pet Foundation’s “Empty the Shelters” event this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Delta Animal Shelter.

ESCANABA — The Delta Animal Shelter is taking part in the Bissell Pet Foundation’s “Empty the Shelters” event this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

According to Sue Gartland, shelter manager, the adoption event will allow those searching for a pet to adopt one at no cost.

“It’s a great event for the community to come and adopt an animal,” said Gartland.

Empty the Shelters, which is sponsored by the Bissell Pet Foundation, will also be covering adoption fees in 75 other animal shelters across Michigan. Shelters in the U.P. participating include Copper County Humane Society in Houghton, Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter in Negaunee, Menominee Animal Shelter in Menominee and Northwoods Animal Shelter in Iron River.

During last year’s Empty the Shelters in Escanaba, over 67 animals found forever homes, said Gartland.

The shelter is currently has 158 animals under their care, including various breeds of dogs, cats, kittens, and even rabbits.

However, not all of the animals will be available for adoption Saturday, noted Gartland, as some have to be evaluated to make sure they are ready to leave the shelter and receive final medical attention before heading home with a new family.

The same screening process applies with the adoptions during the event, noted Gartland.

“We want to make sure it’s the right home for the animals,”said Gartland.

A full list and photos of adoptable animals that will be available for Saturday’s event will be posted on the Delta Animal Shelter’s website at www.deltaanimal.org and Facebook page.

Not only will adopters be saving on adoption costs, but also on some of the medical aspects of care as well. Gartland said each animal that leaves the shelter is spayed/neutered, micro-chipped, and wormed, adding each animal has about $300 worth of medical care put into them before they are able to leave the shelter.

Gartland said she encourages people to come check out the animals at the shelter, adding she hopes every animal gets a chance at finding a home.

“We certainly hope some of our overlooked animals have a chance to find forever homes this weekend,” said Gartland.

For more information about the Empty the Shelters event, contact the Delta Animal Shelter at 789-0230.