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'Empty the Shelter Day' pet adoption huge success in North Texas

All the kennels were emptied on Saturday except for one after "Empty the Shelter Day."
All the kennels were emptied on Saturday except for one after "Empty the Shelter Day."Dallas Animal Services Facebook

More than 2,200 dogs and cats were adopted on Saturday through 33 participating animal shelters across North Texas in "Empty the Shelter Day." This was the largest pet adoption event ever held, and it is hoped the effort will become popular in other cities and counties throughout the United States.

As of Saturday evening, 2,217 animals found new homes, according to Corey Price, animal services manager with the city of Irving, which organized the effort. All of the shelters reported incredible turnouts and in some shelters, would be pet parents lined up outside of the buildings, waiting to enter and find their new 'best' friends.

Most of the facilities waived their adoption fees, however in some cases a moderate registration fee was charged.

All in all, the event was an astonishing success, and it was just perfect timing; summer is always a time of more stray and unwanted dogs and cats entering shelters. The visibility of the event surprised and in turn educated many people who never knew the extent of the overcrowded conditions at county and city shelters.

Dallas Animal Services reported 149 of their 150 animals adopted, and here is a shelter that has been known to euthanize 50 cats and dogs everyday.

Let's hope other states try this out ... are you listening and reading California and Florida shelters?

According to the Dallas Morning News, the shelters' Facebook pages tallied up their adoptions with the following outstanding results:

Arlington Animal Services: 71, with one dog remaining

Balch Springs Animal Shelter: 22

Burleson Animal Shelter: 53, with three dogs and two cats left

Cleburne Animal Services: 39, with three dogs and three cats left

Collin County Animal Shelter: 111, with two cats and 10 dogs left

Dallas Animal Services: 149, with one cat left (a family was coming to visit Sunday)

DFW Humane Society: 55, with 14 remaining

Flower Mound Animal Services: Over half their animals

Grand Prairie Animal Services: 81, with two dogs and 15 cats left

Humane Society North Texas: 325

Irving Animal Services: 102

Lake Dallas Animal Shelter: All but a few animals

Lewisville Animal Shelter & Adoption Center: 62, with seven left

Mansfield Animal Care & Control: One dog left

Operation Kindness: 123, clearing the shelter

Plano Animal Services: 136, with over 50 left. Their previous one-day high was 28.

Richardson Animal Shelter: 38

North Richland Hills Animal Adoption & Rescue Center: All but a few cats

Richland Hills Animal Services: 35

Seagoville Animal Shelter: 33

SPCA of Texas in Dallas and McKinney: 163, with three dogs left at the Dallas location

Tri-City Animal Shelter & Adoption Center in Cedar Hill: More than 70, with 15 left

Weatherford Animal Shelter: 102

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