Clear the Shelters Recap – 2017

The SPCA of Wake County set a record for adoptions for the second year in a row during Clear the Shelters adoption event.

In eight hours, we sent home 97 pets – 28 kittens, 22 cats, 11 puppies, 28 dogs, 2 rabbits, and 2 guinea pigs! We also matched four heartworm positive dogs with new families. The families will “foster” them and finalize adoption once the dogs complete heartworm treatment.

Clear the Shelters is an NBCUniversal initiative in which shelters waive adoption fees on one day in hopes of clearing out facilities and sending as many pets to forever homes as possible.

The SPCA of Wake County, along with eight other shelters and rescues in the Triangle area joined together with WRAL-TV, Mix 101.5 and the Humane Society of the United States for the August 19th event.

We opened our doors at 10a.m., but had some people waiting in the parking lot as early as 6:30a.m.

WRAL-TV broadcast live during the morning newscast from the SPCA as we shared a look inside our Adoption Center and introduced some of our adoptable pets.

Despite the high temperatures, we had a line of people wrapped around the side of the Adoption Center, eager to find their forever pet.  The SPCA provided bottled water, chairs and fans on the front porch to help families stay cool.

By 2p.m., we had cleared our Holding Center!  This is the building where our animals first enter the SPCA adoption program and are evaluated and wait until space opens up at the Adoption Center. Clearing out the Holding Center means we are now able to go back out into the community and work with other area shelters and rescues to take in some of their animals. This creates a ripple effect so that those rescues can also bring in more homeless pets and together we all can save more lives.

During the 2016 Clear the Shelters event, we adopted out 88 animals.  We are thrilled to have increased our adoptions at this year’s event.

We hope as these newly expanded families share their stories of adoption, they will encourage others to consider adopting an animal. See video and photos below. You can also see our full photo album on our Facebook page.

The SPCA of Wake County is a private non-profit organization that relies on donations to provide care and shelter for 3,500 animals each year.  We do not receive government funding or tax dollars.  The SPCA of Wake County is not affiliated with, nor do we receive funding from the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).

This entry was posted in Blog, News and tagged by Tara Lynn.

One Response to “Clear the Shelters Recap – 2017”

  1. Kim Beasley

    What a great program and a wonderful day!! Can I please ask that, if at all possible, you pull dogs from NC shelters that have a high kill rate??? Looking at the 2016 Public Animal Shelter Report, there are some shelters with very high kill rates listed below. Most of the other NC Shelters have dog kill rates at 25%+. Can you help??? THANK YOU!!

    Town of Windsor 77% kill rate (Dogs-Intake 9; Killed 7)
    Stanley Cty Animal Control (Albemarle) 60% Kill Rate (Dogs in 1,094; Killed 374)
    Robeson Cty Animal Shelter 61% kill rate (Dogs Intake 3,902, Killed 2,382)
    Tyrrell Cty (Columbia, NC) 53% Kill Rate (Dogs Intake 83, Killed 44)
    Forsyth Cty Dept of Animal Control 51% kill rate (Dogs In 3,370, Killed 1,738)


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