Free dog and cat adoptions available this weekend at Memphis Animal Shelter, officials say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Families can bring home a pet with no adoption fees this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Memphis Animal Shelter.

Bounty Paper Towels is partnering with participating Best Friends Animal Society network partners to surprise new pet parents by helping to pick up adoption fees at shelters across the country, according to a release from Memphis Animal Services.

Memphis Animal Services (MAS) adoptions include spay/neuter, microchip, vaccines, collar/leash, customized ID tag, FeLV testing (cats), and heartworm testing and treatment medications if needed (dogs).

Approximately 50 of the 200 available pets are already spayed or neutered and can go home the same day, according to the release.

MAS is open for adoptions seven days a week from 12 PM - 4 PM.

Available pets can be previewed here

Currently, there are 100,000 more pets awaiting homes at shelters than at this time last year due to recent problems such as staffing shortages, limited shelter hours, decreased volunteers, and reduced adoption events, according to the release.

That’s why the promotion could not have come at a better time, according to Julie Castle, CEO of Best Friends Animal Society.

“May is one of the highest intake months for animal shelters around the country. The sad truth is that shelters get overcrowded when pets aren’t adopted quickly enough and this can put lives at risk,” says Castle. “That’s why we’re grateful that Bounty wanted to quickly come to the rescue.”