LMAS Waives Redemption Fees for Unclaimed Pets
FOMAS Donates $33K to Cover Impoundment Fees
Owners who claim their stray pet will not receive a bill to take their pet home
Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) announces waived redemption fees for owners who claim their stray pet at the LMAS’ Harshaw Family Foundation Animal Shelter, thanks to a $33,000 donation from the non-profit organization Friends of Metro Animal Services (FOMAS), the sole fundraising entity for LMAS.
“Most people don’t have extra money laying around after the holidays, so the start of the new year is already a tough time financially for many families. Combine that with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more likely a stray pet will go unclaimed because the owner is worried about the bill,” said Ashley Book, LMAS interim shelter director. “In most cases, returning a stray pet to its owner is the best possible outcome, and we won’t be tasked with rehoming a pet that already has a home.”
Families in our community have experienced furloughs, job loss, and then to lose a pet is extremely traumatic and upsetting,” said Susanna Westerfield FOMAS Executive Director. “We want to help reunite pets with their families, and we can thank our supporters for making that possible by donating selflessly to our year-end fundraising campaign during uncertain times.”
The Louisville Animal Ordinance sets redemption fees that help pay for the care pets receive during their stay at the shelter. For the safety of all animals in the care of LMAS, each pet must be vaccinated upon entering the shelter as well as microchipped and spayed or neutered. To view all impoundment fees, visit louisvilleky.gov/animal-services.
About FOMAS: Formed in 2009 as the 501(c)(3) non-profit fundraising entity for Louisville Metro Animal Services. FOMAS encourages individual, business and corporate donations to support LMAS’ Pay It Forward Free Adoptions Program as well as programs and services critical to the care of incoming stray animals.