The Ellis Animal Care Center lottery makes everyone a lucky winner

Draw your adoption fee May 2-8, 2022 to win a winner for $0-$25.

If you’ve been waiting for the time to adopt a cat or dog that desperately needs a new home, then this might just be a helping hand for you.

Prompted by the need to clean up an overcrowded shelter, the SPCA of Texas Ellis County Animal Care Center will participate in a special Empty the Shelters event hosted by the Bissell Pet Foundation, where adopters can draw a ticket for the adoption fee they receive. ‘they – which can be as low as $0 and never more than $25.

The Texas SPCA is freeing up space to provide vital veterinary care to incoming animals in need, like Scouter who was attacked by a feral hog. Photo courtesy of the Texas SPCA.

Reduced adoption fees add to the value adopters receive when adopting from the Texas SPCA, as all cats and dogs adopted from Ellis Animal Care Center have already received over $500 in veterinary care and are ready to go. start their new life with their adopters. The list of services and offers that come with each dog or cat include:

  • Castration and sterilization
  • All age-appropriate vaccines
  • Heartworm Test for Dogs Six Months or Older
  • FIV/FeLV test for cats four months or older
  • Initial preventative against fleas and ticks
  • Initial heartworm preventative
  • microchip
  • 30 days of pet health insurance
  • 14 day wellness exam
  • One week of free on-demand training via the Good Pup app
  • A free leash or temporary cat carrier

The Ellis County Animal Care Center is operated by the Texas SPCA, which recently saw an increase in the number of animals taken to the two shelters the organization operates, prompting participation in the reduced adoption fee event.

“Right now is a pivotal time for shelters across the country,” said Texas SPCA President and CEO Karen Froehlich. “The disruption caused by the pandemic in staffing has attracted a lot of attention, however, the backlog of animals that has occurred over the past two years has caused the crisis in which we now find ourselves….

“We need more help to relieve the pressure on our people and our pets. Please volunteer, foster, adopt and donate. This is what will get us out of the current crisis that know the animal welfare organizations here in North Texas and across the country.

Just five months into the year, 2022 has already proven to be stressful for animal shelter workers in North Texas and across the country. Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, a national nonprofit animal welfare organization that partners with foundations and shelters, reports that shelters in the United States started the year with about 100,000 more animals than in 2021. The organizations say the increase is due primarily to staffing shortages and reduced hours caused by national and local COVID-19 mitigation measures that have prevented shelters from meeting the public and holding events. adoption events.

The Bissell Pet Foundation launched the Empty the Shelters campaign in 2016 and has since issued grants that have reduced adoption fees to $25 or less for more than 80,000 pets at participating private and municipal shelters.

“Our last event of 2021 took place at 245 shelters across the country, reaching a record 15,297 animals. Not only did pets return home during this event, but it also opened up space in the shelter to save more lives,” says Cathy Bissell, Founder of Bissell Pet Foundation and Chief Corporate Officer of Bissell, Inc.

You can see all of the dogs and cats available for adoption right now at the Ellis County Animal Care Center in Waxahachie and the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas by visiting the Texas SPCA’s Find a Pet page.

Benjamin M. Yerger