LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Animal Services Department announced that they will be celebrating the Fourth of July by waiving all dog adoption fees to celebrate the  “4 Days 4 Life” program.  The campaign began as part of a solution to get their shelters less packed.

The shelter system serves approximately 60,000 pets a year. The event began on Friday, June 29 and will end on Tuesday, July 3..

The LA Animal Services website indicates that the program will offer free adoptions at all six locations. Both dogs and cats will have received vaccinations, been microchipped, and either spayed or neutered upon adoption. It is advised for those looking to adopt a pet to bring the proper government-issued licensing to adopt. There is a $20 fee for those living in Los Angeles, as part of the licensing needed for animals within the city.

“Every year around the Fourth of July, our LA Animal Services Centers fill beyond capacity with terrified, lost pets. This means that available shelter space can be the difference between life and death for our cat and dog guests who have been with us past the required hold period,” states a press release from the website.

The LA Animal Services Department is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, as well as Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed on Mondays.

It is advised by the shelter to take the proper precautions necessary to keep pets safe. Loud noises tend to scare animals causing them to run away and seek shelter. For those looking to adopt a pet during the “4 Days 4 Life” visit the website at http://www.laanimalservices.com/4days4life/.