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Animal Foundation offers deep adoption discounts for at-risk breeds

The Animal Foundation asks community to help save lives by adopting pets

Reported by: Reed Cowan
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Updated: 5/20 10:59 pm

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Animal Foundation has reached capacity and desperately needs residents to adopt.

The nonprofit organization, which operates Nevada’s largest animal shelter and pet adoption facility, has not experienced capacity issues in more than 20 months.

With an average of 110 new animals entering the facility every day, the organization is now faced with the reality of humanely euthanizing healthy animals if adopters are not found quickly.

To encourage people to adopt, The Animal Foundation is reducing adoption fees for Pit Bulls and Chihuahuas 6 months and older, the two breeds most at-risk, to just $40 during its Save A Life Week special, Wednesday, May 21 through Tuesday, May 27.

“We’re doing everything we can to save as many lives as possible. We’re asking for the community’s help and support,” said Christine Robinson, executive director for The Animal Foundation. “Nobody wants to see these incredible animals placed into loving homes more than our staff that has bonded with them, but the reality is that we’re out of space. We are asking anyone who has considered bringing a pet into their life to visit us now to meet our amazing animals. By adopting one of our shelter pets, you’ll not only save that pet’s life you’ll help us help the hundreds of pets entering our care every week.”

Of the more than 250 dogs currently available for adoption, more than 120 are Pit Bulls and more than 60 are Chihuahuas.

The adoption fees for dogs 6 months and older classified as these two breeds are reduced to $40 through Tuesday.

“A large portion of our dog adoption population is Pit Bull and Chihuahua,” Robinson adds. “Some of these dogs have been in our care waiting for forever homes for several months. Our Pit Bulls and Chihuahuas can make incredible additions to families, and by offering deep discounts up to 74 percent we hope that our friends in Las Vegas will consider bringing one of these great pups into their life. We hope they’ll help us save lives.”

In addition to The Animal Foundation’s ongoing efforts to find forever homes for adoptable animals, the nonprofit also partners with more than 70 local and regional rescue partners to find placements for at-risk pets and has invested significant time and resources into strengthening its foster network, which consists of a group of residents dedicated to providing temporary homes to animals too young or too sick to be made available for adoption. The shelter’s Pets for Life program aids residents in at-risk communities by giving free medical care and supplies, enabling them to keep their pets for life.

The efforts are working. From January through April of 2014, The Animal Foundation experienced a 26.4 percent reduction in humane euthanasia (compared to the same time period in 2013). The organization’s goal is to fight the tragedy of pet overpopulation in Southern Nevada, and hopes that its efforts including the special starting Wednesday will help in save lives.

Discounted adoption fees include spay/neuter surgery, microchip, up-to-date vaccines and more. An additional city license fee may apply. The discounted adoptions are offered at The Animal Foundation’s two adoption locations:

● Campus Adoption Center: 655 N. Mojave Road, Las Vegas (open 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily)

● PetSmart Charities Everyday Adoption Center: 286 W. Lake Mead Parkway, Henderson (open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. Sunday)

For more information or to view adoptable pets online, visit animalfoundation.com or call (702) 384-3333, x131.

The Animal Foundation is a private, nonprofit agency dedicated to making a difference in the lives of animals in the Las Vegas Valley. To promote the humane treatment of animals, The Animal Foundation operates Nevada’s largest open admission shelter (Lied Animal Shelter), taking in more than 40,000 lost, unwanted and abandoned pets every year. Additionally, the Foundation offers adoption services, lost and found services, volunteer and foster opportunities, and low cost spay and neuter and vaccination clinics. To learn more about The Animal Foundation or view adoptable pets online, visit animalfoundation.com.

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