In an effort to find homes for 1,500 animals during August, September and October, the Escondido Humane Society is reducing adoption fees to just $25 for all dogs, cats and bunnies during those three months.

The Escondido Humane Society is the first and only San Diego County shelter competing in the ASPCA $100K Challenge, a nationwide competition for animal shelters and their communities that aims to get more animals adopted or returned to their owners than ever before.

From Aug. 1 to Oct. 31, the Escondido Humane Society will compete to find homes for 33 percent more cats and dogs than it did during the same period in 2011. EHS is one of 49 shelters participating nationwide, and the organization that achieves the greatest increase in lives saved will receive a $100,000 grant from the ASPCA.

All adoption fees include spay/neuter; microchip with lifetime registration; up-to-date vaccinations; dog licensing (Escondido, San Marcos and Poway areas only); veterinary exam at EHS; wellness exam after adoption; sample bag of food; discounts at local pet supply, grooming and boarding partners; and behavior support for dogs and cats for lifetime of animal.

The Escondido Humane Society Adoption Center, located at 3450 E. Valley Parkway, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. For more information, call (760) 888-2247 or log on to www.escondidohumanesociety.org to meet available cats and kittens online.

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