BISSELL Pet Foundation and Kent County Animal Shelter offers free pet adoptions

Posted at 9:11 PM, Dec 11, 2015

WEST MICHIGAN -- You may be in luck if you're on a budget and wanting to adopt a pet this holiday season.

The Kent County Animal Shelter is covering 100% of adoption fees through the end of 2015.

In 2014, the Kent County Animal Shelter found homes for a record breaking 1,028 pets and are hoping to set a new record this year.

Officials are looking to adopt out 1,029 animals to loving homes by the end of December, in part of their "Home for the Holidays" campaign.

As of Friday, the shelter didn't reach their goal, but with your help, it may happen.

Veterinarian Chris Buckley tends to the sheltered animals and definitely has a place in his heart for them.

"As much as we like them and enjoy taking care of them, really, the reward comes when they're leaving with their new  family," said Buckley.

Allowing these animals a promising future.

"That's our passion, finding these animals good, forever homes."

In this year's "Home for the Holidays" campaign, the Kent County Animal Shelter has dropped the adoption fee. This also means all the animals will be up to date on their vaccinations, microchips, as well as spaying or neutering procedures.

We asked Buckley his thoughts on the record goal they have in place.

"It's going to be a tremendous accomplishment and joy," Buckley continued. "Staff is really excited, everyone has been working long, hard hours. We've got a number of animals in new homes this week."

Friday afternoon the shelter was just 3 adoptions short of reaching their goal.

"Of course we'll be try to beat it next year until there aren't animals to adopt out."

Keep in mind there is a $12.00 state licensing fee to adopt a dog.

The Kent County Animal Shelter is located at 740 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

They can be reached at:

Shelter hours are:

Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 2-6:30

Adoptions are processed from 9:30 a.m. – noon and 2-5:30 p.m.

The BISSELL Pet Foundation is sponsoring the free pet adoptions through the end of the year.