NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Looking to add a new furry friend to your family? This weekend is the time to do it, as Metro Animal Care and Control (MACC) is waiving its adoption fees this weekend to celebrate National Rescue Dog Day.
The shelter has announced that it will waive all adoption fees from Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22. The shelter also encourages pet owners and those looking to add to their furry families to adopt animals from their local shelters.
As of May 19, MACC had more than 50 dogs available for adoption at the shelter, with another 12 available dogs currently residing in foster homes.
National Rescue Dog Day is celebrated annually on May 20, as part of a larger campaign to raise awareness for the countless dogs in shelters across the country who are waiting to be brought home to their forever families.
According to the ASPCA, 6.3 million pets, including dogs and cats, enter US shelters each year. In 2021 alone, 4,126 animals entered the MACC shelter.
Adoptions can be completed in several ways by MACC depending on the preference of the adopter. All available animals are displayed online. Those interested in seeing the animals currently available at the shelter are invited to walk around between noon and 4 p.m. seven days a week.
MACC’s adoption counselors can help them find a pet that meets their needs as a potential adopter.
Local non-profit group Friends of MACC will also be showcasing several dogs available through MACC at an event on Saturday, May 21 at the New Heights Brewing Company at 928 Rep. John Lewis Way S. From 2-6 p.m. MACC Friends will have adoptable dogs available. for potential adopters to meet.
According to MACC, foster care has proven to be a better alternative to shelter for many pets because foster homes provide less stressful environments. Foster pets are better able to show what makes them unique, giving adoptive families more information when deciding which pet to adopt.
Fostering also frees up needed shelter space for MACC, allowing the shelter to ensure that the facility is more comfortable for the animals housed there.
Fostering also allows community members to see if an animal is right for their family.
Those interested in becoming a Foster Volunteer can email [email protected] or apply to join the “Foster Roster” by completing the application form here.