Louisville Metro Animal Services Celebrates Independence Day with $10 Pet Adoption “Let Freedom Wag”

Promotion runs until July 6e and applies to adoptions of kittens, puppies and dogs under 40 pounds.

In recognition of Independence Day, Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) is announcing ‘Let Freedom Wag’ $10 adoptions of kittens, puppies and dogs weighing less than 40 pounds, through Monday, July 6.

“What better way to celebrate our independence than freeing a homeless pet from shelter life?” said Teeya Barnes, public information specialist. “We encourage families looking to welcome a pet into their home to make adoption their first option because when you adopt you save more than one life, you ensure there is room for the next stray animal entering the shelter.”

LMAS typically sees several hundred kittens enter the shelter each year during kitten season, which begins in the spring and ends in the fall, and must find homes for them. The LMAS shelter has also seen an increase in the number of stray puppies and unclaimed small dogs. To find homes for them and make room for the increased number of strays entering the LMAS shelter during the warmer months, the agency reduced the required $100 donation for kitten adoptions; and the $150 minimum donation for small dogs and puppies at $10 through July 4, and every “Let Freedom Wag” adoption includes a free gift.

LMAS also offers the Pay It Forward (PIF) free adoption program, which never expires and allows free adoption of adult dogs weighing 40 pounds. or more. The PIF program is funded by the non-profit organization, the Friends of Metro Animal Services (FOMAS), and public donations. All PIF adoptions include a free gift during LMAS’ “Let Freedom Wag” adoption promotion, while supplies last. All adoptable pets are already neutered, microchipped and up to date on vaccinations.

Only approved adopters are eligible for the “Let Freedom Wag” adoption promotion and PIF adoptions. For more information on LMAS adoption programs or to view adoptable animals, click here. LMAS’ Animal House Adoption Center is located at 3516 Newburg Road. Walk-ins are welcome from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.

Early in his administration, Mayor Greg Fischer pledged to replace the city’s only open reception shelter, which had operated for decades as a high-mortality shelter. Today, with the opening of a state-of-the-art Harshaw Family Foundation animal shelter in 2019 and Alley Cat Advocates headquarters in 2020, all of the city’s animal-related services are located on a campus on Newburg Road, where residents can adopt a pet, purchase or renew a pet license, or pick up a stray pet. In 2017, LMAS qualified for the first time as a No Kill Shelter for time and space, achieving a live release rate of 92.8% for animals that entered the shelter. LMAS’ live release rate has increased to 94.99% in 2021, and it retains its No Kill Shelter status for time and space.

Richard F. Gandhi