PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -

Dogs and cats can be adopted from the Palm Springs Animal Shelter at a special fee of $17.76 tomorrow through Sunday.

``The number of animals in our shelter is very high right now,'' shelter director Patrice Brayer said. ``We are hoping our $17.76 Independence Day special will encourage people who have been thinking about adopting a pet to do it now.''

The normal adoption fee is $60 for a cat and $80 for a dog.

The special fee applies to all cats and dogs over six months old. The animals are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and given a microchip, and come with a certificate for a free exam from a local veterinarian, according to the shelter.

Brayer said summer is a slow time for both adoptions and donations.

``Conversely, it is a very busy time in terms of stray, lost and surrendered animals coming into our shelter,'' she said.

The shelter, at 4575 E. Mesquite Ave., is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, go to http://palmspringsanimalfriends.org or call (760) 416-5718.