If you are considering adopting a pet, mark July 23 on your calendar for this years Clear the Shelters adoption event .  This event brings cities, counties and nonprofit organizations together to form a unified campaign to get pets in local shelters adopted into loving homes.  Adoption fees will be waived.* However other shelter fees may still apply.  

Thousands of animals in our area need to find forever homes.  The pets available range from cute kittens and puppies to snuggly adult dogs and cats. 

In 2015, nearly 20,000 pets found forever homes nationwide and in the State of Texas this year there are more than 60 shelters participating.  Finding homes for these adorable pets during the summer months is more critical as the population in shelters swells due to abandoned and surrendered pets after the spring births. 

The ultimate goal of this event is to help as many pets as possible find a perfect match.  Sharing your home with a four legged friend can be one of life's greatest joys.  It is also a great responsibility so do your homework before adopting a pet.  Research temperaments of breeds, activity levels, expense of care, time commitment required and so forth.  A younger pet is going to require more energy and training so maybe a more mature pet will be a perfect match for you.  Ask questions about the pets past situation.  While some shelters may not have information on the pets previous situation, some may have the information and will share it with you.  Some pets may have special needs so if you are able to take care of those needs, look into adopting those pets.

Pets are great companions and can even reduce your stress levels.   They give you someone to talk to, laugh at or snuggle up with on a stormy night.  I have adopted several shelter pets throughout the years and they are fabulous. My current fur baby, Boomer, even tries talking to me on occasion (usually when I am on the phone and he wants my attention).

The Clear the Shelters event is July 23, 2016 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Click here for a list of participating shelters in North Texas.

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*Other fees and shelter times may vary.