Author: Jessica Patrick
Today is that day.
For North Carolina animal shelters, adoption advocates, rescue groups and plain old animal lovers, Saturday is the best day ever. That’s because adoption fees are waived at participating shelters across the state between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
On Clear the Shelters day, the increased number of adoptions will tackle issues North Carolina shelters face daily, including overcrowding and euthanasia.
Last year, more than 1,800 animals from 13 central North Carolina shelters found new homes through Clear the Shelters.
This year, WRAL-TV teamed up with 12 central North Carolina shelters, including the Animal Protection Society of Durham, Franklin County Animal Shelter, Johnston County Animal Services, Orange County Animal Services, Paws4ever, Vance County Animal Shelter, Wake County Animal Center, SPCA of Wake County, SAFE Haven for Cats, Wayne County Education and Animal Adoption Center, Moore County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services and Cumberland County Animal Control.
Clear the Shelters updates
11:30 a.m.: Videos and photos of successful adoptions are flooding social media. Krystal George, who was interviewed in Durham earlier this morning while she was waiting in line, just left the Animal Protection Society of Durham with a new puppy. More than 20 other animals, including a rabbit, were already adopted there.
11 a.m.: Wake County Animal Control shared some good news — their first official adoption of the day! In the first 45 minutes of Clear the Shelters, eight cats — Inknut, Penguin, Pigeon, Baby Spice, Sporty Spice, Perses and Circe — were adopted at Safe Haven for Cats. In Durham, an adorable dog named Westin found a home!