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Decatur Animal Services waives adoption fees on Saturday, June 19

The adoption package includes spay/neuter surgery and age-appropriate vaccinations.

DECATUR, Ala. — Decatur Animal Services is partnering with Nucor Tubular Products to offer waived adoption fees on Saturday, June 19.

The pet adoption event will last from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. Nucor will cover all adoption fees until it reaches its adoption goal. According to Decatur Animal Services, some exceptions may apply.

The adoption package includes spay/neuter surgery and age-appropriate vaccinations.

"Not everything's free," explains Alane Ward, an adoption representative at Decatur Animal Services. "However, you come here tomorrow, you get one of the vouchers from the front, you find an animal that you're interested in adopting, you do one of our applications just like you would do any other day. It has to be approved still. Once it's approved, you've got the voucher from Nucor, then it's 100 percent free for you to adopt."

The event will be held at Decatur Animal Services, located at 300 A Beltline Road Southwest, and Nucor will pass out adoption vouchers from their vendor tent, which will be set up next to the dog park.

"I think we moved up 10 or 15 small dogs for adoptions today. Terriers, Dotsons, mixed breed dogs, big dogs, German Shepherds, labs, we've got full-grown cats, fluffy kittens that are fluffy and cute, I think we got two guinea pigs and three rabbits. Most of them are strays that are found loose running here in the city of Decatur. A lot of them are also owner-surrenders, where if you can't keep your pet anymore if you had to move or a family member passes away...that's what we're here for. But most of them are strays that were found here running loose."

To take part in the event, you must have a voucher.

To preview the pets up for adoption, visit Decatur Animal Service's Facebook page.

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Children, pets, adults, no one should be left or sit in an overheated car. 

Every year, there are cases where people have forgotten their loved ones or pets. HEMSI Community Relations Officer Don Webster says to avoid this, it's important to pay extra close attention. "We just need to use common sense and not get so preoccupied and not become such major creatures of habit when we're traveling with loved ones or other people in the car that we might be responsible for."

One way to make sure you leave no one behind? Putting your bags in the backseat, or put your cell phone in the backseat.

Cars sitting in the sun are not the only thing to look out for. It's also good to keep in mind the temperature of the concrete, especially when taking pets for a walk.