Now you can adopt a pet for free during the Save the Animals campaign

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah(News4Utah) If you’re looking for a new pet, now is a great time! Temma Martin from Best Friends Animal Society, joined Brian Carlson, to talk about a great deal that will give pets a new home and pay it forward.

Do you want to be a hero to a homeless dog or cat this July 4th holiday? Through July 4, 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

Adopting is another way to help. If you’re in the market for a new best friend, pet adoptions will be free through July 4 at many participating Best Friends Network Partners, including dozens in Utah, and of course, at the Best Friends Pet Adoption Center at 2005 South 1100 East in Sugar House. 

One compelling reason to Pay It Forward is that each July, shelters are flooded with dogs and cats. Many of those intakes happen around the July 4th, and in Utah, the July 24th holidays. That’s when many pets get spooked by the loud sounds and bright lights of the fireworks, and pets flee from their homes and end up in 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. Historically, Utah shelters have seen similar increases in intake.

Martin says their goal is to get 10,000 pets into homes and make a huge difference during a really crucial time for shelters.

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