Washington Nationals All-Star Pitcher Max Scherzer and Humane Rescue Alliance Board Member Erica Scherzer are making a valuable contribution to the care of animals affected by Hurricane Harvey. The couple is generously funding all adoption fees at the Humane Rescue Alliance beginning Thursday, August 31. The initiative is designed to encourage adoptions this weekend in an effort to clear space for animals being relocated from Texas to Washington, DC, due to Hurricane Harvey. Adoption fees will be waived on all adoptions through Sunday, September 3.
“Max and I wanted to help make space for the animals affected by Hurricane Harvey,” said Erica Scherzer, HRA Board Member. “By helping with adoption fees, it might make it easier to find homes for our current population of shelter animals, which will allow us to bring in many more relocated animals from Texas.”
With Texas shelters expecting many lost, stray and homeless animals due to the storm, HRA is joining other shelters around the country who have volunteered to help create shelter space in Texas for the animals who have become separated from their owners or were homeless strays prior to the storm coming ashore. HRA expects to receive dogs and cats from Texas this weekend, although an exact time of arrival is yet to be determined.
“This is an extremely generous endeavor by Erica and Max,” said HRA President and CEO Lisa LaFontaine. “The more we work with the Scherzers, the more we know how dedicated they are to saving animals and caring for people who make pets a part of their lives. By allowing us to provide fee-waived adoptions, we hope people in our community are inspired to come to an HRA adoption center this weekend and add a pet to their family.”
The fee-waived adoptions will take place Thursday through Sunday. Standard adoption procedures will apply for all adoptions, including those in foster care. Animals currently available from the Humane Rescue Alliance can be seen online at humanerescuealliance.org.