Clear the Shelters event encourages adoptions locally

Nearly 700 animal shelters participated in Clear the Shelters Saturday. Five Humane Society organizations in the Local 6 area participated in the nationwide pet drive.

Those included Wright-Way Rescue in Murphysboro, IL, Humane Society of Marshall County, KY, Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, Project Hope Humane Society in Metropolis, IL, and the Humane Society of Calloway County Friends of the Shelter Program who sponsored the event at the Calloway County Animal Shelter.

Calloway County Humane Society Executive Director Kathy Hodge hopes the nationwide event will encourage more adoptions.

“It’s critical for the welfare of the homeless animals in our community. There is no other way that we are ever going to solve all of the overpopulation problems unless people really look to animal shelters,” Hodge said.

This event helped the Humane Society of Marshall County get a dog that’s currently been there the longest get adopted.

Cindy Hershey, vice president of the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of Marshall County, says Duke had been there for almost a year.    

“That’s made this whole day worth it…This dog had never known a family and now he’s going to have one,” Hershey said.

Paulie, another dog at the Humane Society of Marshall County, is also getting a new family. Mike and Pam McNerthney are adopting her.

“It popped right out. Her first name being Paulie fit in with the other two’s names Petey and Pepper,” Mike McNerthney said,

The two said they planned on looking Saturday but say Paulie instantly felt like a perfect fit.

Flanary Veterinary Clinic in Reidland has also offered free services to those who adopt pets during the weekend’s Clear the Shelters event. Lanita Flanary says you will need to make an appointment and bring documentation you adopted the pet from a local shelter.

Clear the Shelters is a nationwide event sponsored by NBC Owned Stations and Telemundo.

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