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Find your favorite furry friend for free with this Houston pet adoption program

Find your free furry friend with this Houston pet adoption program

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A new pet program takes a bite out of adoption fees.  Courtesy photo

Houstonians who’re passionate about helping homeless animals — and who’re looking for a new furry friend — can now take advantage of a free service from the Harris County Animal Shelter and Best Friends Animal Society.

Through the Pay it Forward program, potential fur parents can adopt a dog or cat with all adoption fees waived — thanks to donations by animal lovers. The program, which involves 270 other partner rescue groups across the country, starts June 25 and runs through July 3, with the goal of finding homes for 10,000 pets in 10 days.

To preview adoptable pets at Harris County Animal Shelter, visit CountyPets.com or connect on Facebook and Instagram @harriscountypets. Animals from Harris County Animal Shelter range from pups to seniors, and are all fixed, vaccinated, and micro-chipped.

The Pay it Forward program comes at a crucial time: Each July, shelters across the country flood with dogs and cats. Many of those intakes happen around the Fourth of July holiday, when, driven by a fearful reaction to fireworks and other loud sights and sounds, pets flee from their homes and end up in municipal animal shelters.

“Our busiest intake of cats and dogs is during the summer months, which compounds the problem since we typically are over capacity every week,” said Dr. Michael White, director, Harris County Animal Shelter, in a statement. “We urge the community to adopt or foster to support our lifesaving goal and to give these deserving animals a second chance.”