Free pet adoption from Willamette Humane Society this weekend

Calling all animal lovers, the Willamette Humane Society and Capitol Subaru are joining forces to offer the community a no-fee adoption event this Sunday, Oct. 1.

This will be the shelter's second no-fee adoption event following on the heels of its mega-successful Full Hearts, Empty Kennels day in February. That event emptied the shelter of all adoptable pets.

This Sunday's is slightly different, in that it won't be held at the shelter. The critters are being taken off-site to Capitol Subaru, which has graciously offered some of its bays and space, which means it won't include every critter in WHS care. Shelter staff Sherri Partridge and Callie Gisler said WHS hopes to find furever homes for about 50 pets.

The event was represented Tuesday by a 7-month-old Australian shepherd mix puppy Dancer, and Cappy, the giant bear mascot from Capitol Subaru, portrayed Tuesday by Shad Russell and helped out by Darrian Quitevis, Capitol's inventory manager.

The waived-fee adoption is being underwritten by a grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals as well a donation by adults in custody at the Oregon State Correctional Institution's dog handlers' program.

Callie reports that some dogs have been delivered to the shelter recently from California, and the staff hopes to have them among the mix of adoptable dogs and cats as well. If Dancer isn't adopted before the event, he might be among the available animals, too.

Prospective pet parents will be required to complete the WHS' standard adoption application and meet screening-process requirements, but the ordinary adoption fees will be waived. Applicants will get a number when they sign up.

Recyclable bottles and cans will be accepted as will cash donations to help pay for feed for future residents. Food trucks and Subaru test drives will also be available. Capitol Subaru is located at 3235 Cherry Ave. NE in Salem.

For more information, visit whs4pets.org.

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