Katherine Heigl and her animal welfare organization the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation are raising awareness of LA Animal Services "Free The Shelters" event, which takes place this weekend at venues across Los Angeles.

Free The Shelters - No Fee Adoption Event

"Free The Shelters" is a no-fee adoption campaign that will take place from Friday August 4th through Sunday August 6th, and will feature over 1000 homeless animals from four city shelters.

Adoption fees will be waived at these locations during the promotion:

North Central Shelter
3201 Lacy Street, Los Angeles, CA 90031

South Los Angeles, Chesterfield Square Shelter
1850 W. 60th St. Los Angeles, CA 90047

East Valley Shelter
14409 Vanowen St., Van Nuys, CA 91405

Harbor Shelter
957 N. Gaffey Street, San Pedro, CA 90731

Opening hours for the shelters during the event are Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 652 dogs and 457 cats are available for adoption.

"Free the Shelters" is part of the national campaign sponsored by Prai Beauty aimed at breaking down the barriers to adoption at animal shelters across the country to make it easier for every dog, cat and pocket pet to find its forever home.

About 2.4 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs – about one every 13 seconds – are put down in U.S. shelters each year. Research has shown that removing adoption fees increases the number and speed of pet adoptions and reduces euthanasia. Furthermore, there are no significant differences in outcome between pets adopted with or without a fee.

If you are thinking of adopting a pet in the near future, make sure you visit the participating shelters this weekend. Not only will you help save a life by providing a forever home for an animal in need, you can save a few hard earned dollars to spend on food, toys and treats for your new pet!