The Orange County Animal Shelter is holding its first annual Animal Adoption Day on Sept. 10 in Tustin, kicking off a month-long event where the first 200 furry friends will be taken home with the adoption fee waived. Both dogs and cats are available for adoption.
Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley partnered with OC Animal Care to waive the adoption fee for the overcrowded shelter.
“This shelter has capacity for about 200 dogs and 300 cats, but currently houses more than double its max capacity of animals,” Foley said in a statement. “By hosting Animal Adoption Day, we hope to encourage the public to adopt, foster, or volunteer [at] our county shelters to support our region’s homeless pets.”
Each adopted animal comes with a microchip, vaccinations, spay or neutering, and anti-parasite treatment.
Pets will also receive a certificate for a free veterinary exam at participating Southern California Veterinary Medical Association clinics within 72 hours of adoption.
The program includes a drive-thru pet food pantry from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Currently, the most popular breeds for adoption at the shelter include huskies, German shepherds, and pit bulls.
Appointments are recommended for dog adoptions, but walk-ins are available. To make appointments, the shelter can be reached at 714-935-6848.
“With waived adoption fees, free starting supplies for each adopting family, and the drive-thru pet food pantry, we invite community members to join us so we can connect hundreds of cats and dogs with their forever families,” OC Animal Care Director Andi Bernard said in a statement.