As of 8 p.m. EST I’ve only heard back from one shelter on the success of today’s Clear the Shelters event. Columbus County Animal Control in Whiteville, North Carolina shattered their record from 2016 by adopting out 18 dogs and nine cats.
Shelter Director Joey Prince sent me details of how their day went.
Volunteers began showing up at 6:30 a.m. to the Columbus County Animal Shelter to help prepare for what would be a record-setting day for shelter adoptions. The national Clear the Shelter event, held today 8/19/17 at the Whiteville, NC shelter, allowing the shelter to show off its animals to the people from as far away as Wilmington, Lumberton and Pawley’s Island SC
The event lasted until 2:30 p.m., after originally scheduled to end at noon, due to a larger than expected demand.
At the end of the day, 18 dogs and 9 cats had found new families to call their own.
Volunteers cleaned, walked dogs, sold baked goods, showed off cats, washed dog and cat bowls, changed litter and helped new owners decide on their newest family member
The total number of animals adopted shattered the previous record of 22 in one day, set last year during 2016 Clear the shelter Event.
The staff and residents of Premier Living made a huge donation of food and supplies, several of the new parents not only adopted but also made donations and the residents of the Girls and Boys home of Lake Waccamaw made and sold baked goods to help raise funds for the shelter. (The German chocolate cake was especially tasty) and members of the Columbus Career and College Academy Honor Society did a yeoman’s job today
Joey made it clear that
“All of the praise for this event goes to the volunteers. They did an incredible amount of work today and the event would not have been successful without them. We had a large contingent of volunteers here today, and we thank them for their hard work in saving these 27 lives. no way we could have done this alone.”
Clear the Shelters is a yearly event where adoption fees are waived in an effort to find a shelter pet a forever home. Adopters are still screened before taking their new friend home. Since its inception in 2015, Clear the Shelters day is responsible for more than 133,000 dogs and cats finding a forever home.
Other shelters are invited to report their success stories in the comment section of this article.