Irving Animal Services’ Clear the Shelters adoption event on July 23 promises to be bigger than ever this year, and residents are asked to share their pet stories, especially if the pets are adopted. Here’s how.
Post a cute pet photo to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tell people what your pets have meant to you. Use #ClearTheShelters and #CSDFW and tag @thecityofirving. Share your Happy Tail!
Last year, North Texas adopted 6,723 pets and numbers are expected to be greater this year. Nearly 7.6 million animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, about 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Although the numbers can be disheartening, Animal Services believes Irving residents can make a difference in an animal’s life through adoption. That was the premise behind Clear the Shelters two years ago, when Irving helped launch what is now a nationwide campaign that matches pets with “forever families.”
Clear the Shelters Expands
Returning for its third year, the Clear the Shelters adoption event promises to have an even bigger reach as more cities across the country join the effort. What started in 2014 as a regional effort of 38 North Texas shelters has spread nationwide. Thanks to media partners NBC5, NBCUniversal and Telemundo39, the 2016 event will expand to include more NBC affiliates.
During Clear the Shelters, adoption fees will be waived for all animal adoptions from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 23 at the Irving Animal Care Campus (IACC), 4140 Valley View Lane. For the past two years, the campaign has resulted in record-breaking adoptions, while educating the public on the benefits of adopting shelter animals. The event’s popularity helps staff and volunteers place animals into permanent homes at a time of year when the facility is usually at or over capacity.
Clear the Shelters is unique because cities, counties and nonprofit organizations join forces to offer a unified campaign to match homeless pets with loving families. In 2015, 6,723 pets were adopted in North Texas, and nationwide, nearly 20,000 pets were placed in new homes. These results illustrate the power of collaboration and teamwork.
Part of Clear the Shelters’ success story, staffers point out, is an increase in adoptions all year long. Adoption rates were up 12 percent after the inaugural event, a direct result of the positive light shed on the IACC, its staff and volunteers. Once they walk through the doors, visitors witness the quality of care that animals receive in the bright, clean facility, and learn about the work done there every day to make it more than just a place to adopt animals.
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