Looking to bring a special companion into your life? On Aug. 17, Irving Animal Services will waive animal adoption fees in conjunction with more than 54 North Texas shelters during the national adoption campaign, Clear the Shelters.
The all-day adoption event will be from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 17 at Irving Animal Care Campus (IACC), 4140 Valley View Lane. This year marks the sixth year of the national event.
Last year, 62 North Texas shelters participated and 7,401 animals were adopted in the North Texas area. A total of 103,037 pets went to their forever homes across the country in 2018.
The City of Irving started Clear the Shelters in 2014 in response to the abundance of animals brought to the shelter after the spring and summer animal birthing seasons.
In fact, according to DoSomething.org, approximately 7.6 million pets enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats. However, Clear the Shelters has helped bring animal adoption to the forefront of communities and showcase the loving personalities of shelter pets.
“Every year it’s amazing to see our community come together for shelter pets and to be part of a national movement to help homeless animals,” said Mayor Rick Stopfer. “And I am proud to say the idea for Clear the Shelters started right here in Irving, Texas.”
Since the national campaign began, more than 256,000 homeless animals have found their forever homes. With media partners NBC Universal and Telemundo, Clear the Shelters will continue to reach a larger community this year and provide a positive impact for shelters and their animals.
Adopters see firsthand the clean shelter facilities and the dedicated staff that provides loving care to the homeless animals waiting to be adopted. On event day, NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 will provide live adoption updates from North Texas shelters.
Residents also can follow the national campaign at CleartheShelters.com or by searching the social media hashtag #CleartheShelters. For more event details in Irving visit, Clear the Shelters.
For adoption information and to view adoptable pets, visit Irving Animal Services Adoption page.