'Clear the Shelters' day helps make pet adoption affordable

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Many shelters across the country will offer discounts or even waive adoption fees on Saturday for National Clear the Shelters day. Several shelters face an overcrowding problem and a Wichita Falls animal service administrator said she thinks they may help find pets a new family.

The City of Wichita Falls Animal Services Center recently added 18 new kennels to house some animals but the administrator there, Katrena Mitchell, said they are still "beyond full." Every month the shelter takes in another 350 dogs and cats.

"Events like Clear the Shelters helps us decrease the number of animals that have to be euthanized," Mitchell said.

It is the shelter's second year taking part in the event. Last year, around 20 cats and dogs from The City of Wichita Falls Animal Services Center found forever homes and 50,000 pets found forever homes across the country.

She said she is glad when the pets are able to find a home even though it can be bittersweet to say goodbye.

"We've grown to love them and take care of them," Mitchell said. "They find new families and that's our goal."

Mitchell said pet owners also need to do their part in helping control the pet population so fewer animals have to be euthanized.

"We really need to educate pet owners to encourage spaying and neutering their pets [and not] encourage backyard breeding," Mitchell said. "People need to look at adoption as their first option, when they get a new pet, and not going out and supporting a breeder."

Anyone looking to adopt at The City of Wichita Falls Animal Services Center can download an application on their Facebook page. You can find an animal shelter near you here.

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