Every year, millions of companion animals end up in shelters. And while shelter adoption rates have been steadily rising since 2011, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, about 1.5 million animals – 860,000 cats and about 670,000 dogs – are euthanized each year due to overcrowding.
“Every single pet that is adopted frees shelter staff up to work with and prepare the next pet for potential adoption,” said Kenny Lamberti, director of strategic engagement and companion animals for the Humane Society.
KXAN will host its annual “Clear the Shelters” initiative this Saturday, and there is no shortage of participating shelters, adoptable pets or (hopefully) Central Texans looking for a cat, dog, kitten or puppy.
KXAN reports that six area shelters will be participating in the national effort:
So if you’re thinking about taking home a new furry friend, consider heading to a local animal shelter to adopt during Clear the Shelters on Aug. 18th, when hundreds of shelters will waive or discount fees as part of the one-day adoption drive.