SOUTHEAST MISSOURI (KFVS) - The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri is setting a goal to save 500 animal lives this summer.
The group is partnering with Best Friends to have a week-long adoption event where fees are waived.
This will take place between June 25- July 3. All adult animals and kittens will have the adoption fee waived during this week.
Humane Society of Southeast Missouri Executive Director Tracy Poston said they are optimistic in reaching this goal and will try to do everything they can to reach 500 adoptions by the summer's end.
"Our summer time is the time when most of the animals come in," Poston said. "We want to save as many lives as we can and we are doing some things here to make sure that that happens."
As it sits now, the humane society is sitting at 212 lives and hope to reach the 500 mark by spreading the word about these furry friends that are waiting for their forever home.
"That's what this summer campaign is all about is just making sure people out there know how many animals are sitting in shelters that need them to come adopt," Poston said. "This should be the first place, not the last place that you come when you want an animal."
Right now the society has brought in roughly 1,500 animals since the beginning of the year. They see roughly 2,500 to 3,000 animals come through their doors per year.
"We do take in quite a bit," Poston stated. "The majority of the time those animals are coming in the summer."
To help out the animals, the society will be partnering with Best Friends and are waiving the adoption fee for all adult animals and kittens during the week long fee-waived adoption event the week of June 25 through July 3.
The humane society also has their first ever Pet Expo event on June 30 from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Osage Centre in Cape Girardeau. They plan on having a massive adoption event with multiple rescue organizations in the region. There will also be food trucks, door prizes and a costume contest at the event.
"The best part of our job and it's the best part of an adoption is knowing that you might not be able to take but one animal but you completely change their entire world," Poston added. "So being able to do that for an animal is pretty fantastic."
There will be door prizes, food trucks and costume contest.