Pay It Forward with Best Friends Animal Society to Save 10,000 Pets in 10 days by July 4th

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Pet lovers are invited to donate $25 to cover the adoption fees for homeless pets and increase adoptions during the most critical time of year at US shelters

Best Friends Animal Society encourages pet lovers to Pay It Forward by covering the adoption fee of a pet at more than 270 shelters and rescues across the country.

“If you get excited when a stranger pays for your coffee, imagine the joy you’ll bring to someone who is ready to adopt their next best friend and finds out the adoption fee has been covered,” said Julie Castle, chief executive officer of Best Friends Animal Society.

Do you want to be a hero to a homeless dog or cat this July 4th holiday? Starting June 25, Best Friends Animal Society is giving pet lovers an opportunity to “Pay It Forward” by covering the $25 adoption fee for a future family at more than 270 of its network of rescues and shelters across the country.

Best Friends is encouraging people to Pay It Forward as part of its Save Them All campaign to save the lives of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. Adoption fees can be donated at http://www.save-them-all.org and donors can share their “Pay It Forward” excitement by posting a photo or comment with #PayItForward #SaveThemAll.

“If you get excited when a stranger pays for your coffee, imagine the joy you’ll bring to someone who is ready to adopt their next best friend and finds out the adoption fee has been covered,” said Julie Castle, chief executive officer of Best Friends Animal Society.

One compelling reason to Pay It Forward is that each July, shelters flood with dogs and cats. Many of those intakes happen around the July 4th 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.

It’s a problem that affects shelters across the country. For example, July is the busiest time of the year in Los Angeles and New York City, with a respective 20 and 27 percent increase in daily intake at city animal shelters compared to the remaining months of the year.

“Our goal is to help get 10,000 pets into homes and make a huge difference during a really crucial time for shelters,” Castle said.

Adopting is another way to help. If you’re in the market for a new best friend, pet adoptions will be free from June 25 to July 4 at participating Best Friends Network Partners across the country, as well as Best Friends Pet Adoption Centers in New York, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, and the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab,
UT, thanks to generous Pay It Forward donors. From playful youngsters to sweet seniors, most pets are fixed, vaccinated, micro-chipped and ready to go home immediately.

“By adopting you’re saving two lives - the pet you take home and the pet that now has a space at the shelter,” Castle said. “Everyone’s a winner when you adopt a pet.”

Best Friends Save Them All partners BOBS from Skechers, Instinct by Nature's Variety, ColourPop Cosmetics, Overstock.com, Petplan, Swheat Scoop, Cuteness and Waze will also Pay It Forward by helping to cover adoption fees for participating Best Friends Network partner shelters and rescues.

To make finding your new best friend extra easy, the navigation app Waze will feature each adoption location pinned with a paw print. Drivers in the area can click on the map for more info and directions to the closest adoption center. When cars are at a complete stop, a digital billboard will appear on screen with more info. Waze will also send information about Pay It Forward via inbox messages, and users can search "Best Friends" on the Waze app to find a participating adoption center near them.

About Best Friends Animal Society
Best Friends Animal Society is a leading national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. In addition to running lifesaving programs in partnership with more than 2,200 animal welfare groups across the country, Best Friends has regional centers in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Salt Lake City, and operates the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters nationwide from 17 million per year to about 1.5 million. That means there are still more than 4,100 dogs and cats killed every day in shelters, just because they don’t have safe places to call home. We are determined to get that number to zero by the year 2025. Working collaboratively with shelters, rescue groups, other organizations and you, we will end the killing and Save Them All. For more information, visit bestfriends.org.

To become a fan of Best Friends on Facebook, go to Facebook.com/bestfriendsanimalsociety. Follow Best Friends on Twitter (@BestFriends) and Instagram (@BestFriendsAnimalSociety).

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