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Published on May 08, 2024
Phoenix's AAWL Offers Free Adoption for Pets Over One Year Old in Massive Spring Shelter Clear-OutSource: Google Street View

In an ambitious move to clear out their kennels, the Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) has declared that furry friends over the age of one can be adopted at no cost until May 15, according to FOX 10 Phoenix. This generous offer has been made possible via sponsorship from the Bissel Pet Foundation and is applicable at both the AAWL's main shelter and its Chandler adoption center.

Joining a larger cause, the AAWL isn't alone in its mission as there are a total of 12 Arizona shelters taking part in the nationwide Spring National Empty the Shelters initiative crafted by BISSEL Pet Foundation, this event is slashing adoption fees in an effort that will span over more than 410 shelters across 43 states through May 15, as reported by KTAR News. Focused on the Phoenix area, additional shelters such as the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) and Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) have their own special adoptions offers during this period.

The AHS is welcoming potential pet parents by making dogs aged 6 months and older as well as guinea pigs, rabbits, and rodents available for free until May 5 at all three of its locations, which includes PetSmart Scottsdale, the Nina Mason Pulliam South Mountain Campus, and the Rob and Melani Walton Papago Park Campus. On the other hand, the MCACC is waiving fees for dogs 6 months or older at its facilities, although puppies 5 months or younger carry an adoption fee of $150; their event is set to carry on until May 15 at their West shelter and officially begins at the new East shelter opening day on Wednesday.

Beyond Phoenix, nine other shelters across Arizona are participating in the initiative; animal lovers looking for a four-legged friend can find reduced fees at locations including Chino Valley Animal Shelter, Friends of Pima Animal Care Center, and Humane Society Of Yuma, Inc., among others—pet lovers with an intent to adopt can pinpoint these shelters on an interactive map available to the public.