Each year, about 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide. Of those, about 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats. In fact, homeless animals outnumber homeless people by about 5 to 1.
The numbers can be disheartening for animal lovers, but Irving Animal Services (IAS) believes residents can make a difference in an animal’s life through adoption. In 2014, IAS helped launch Clear the Shelters to bring together animals and families. What started as a regional event for North Texas shelters and rescue groups has grown to a nationwide campaign. During Clear the Shelters, adoption fees will be waived for all animal adoptions from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Irving Animal Care Campus (IACC), 4140 Valley View Lane.
Returning for its fifth year, Clear the Shelters promises to have an even bigger reach, as media partners NBC and Telemundo, and sponsors Hill’s Science Diet and Cat’s Pride Cat Litter link cities, shelters and rescues across the country into one event designed to positively affect lives. In 2017, more than 80,000 pets were adopted from more than 900 shelters during the campaign. These results illustrate the power of collaboration and teamwork.
The campaign is more than a simple adoption event at a time of year when the facility is usually at or over capacity. It also educates the public on the benefits of adopting shelter animals, which translates into an increase in adoptions all year long. Visitors witness the quality of care that animals receive in a bright, clean facility and learn about the work done there every day to make it more than just a place to adopt animals, and that positive message has spread through the nation.
For more information, call (972) 721-2256 or visit Animal Services.
Clear the Shelters
Adoption fees waived on all animals
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18
Irving Animal Care Campus, 4140 Valley View Lane