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august, 2018

18aug9:00 am1:00 pmClear the Shelter Day at Columbus County Animal ShelterAdoption hours are from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. for the Saturday event

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By Jefferson Weaver

Animal Control officials, rescue volunteers and a lot of pets hope Saturday will be a big day at the Columbus County Animal Shelter.

The shelter is once again participating in the national Clear The Shelter event, sponsored by NBC, Telemundo and Hill’s Science Diet pet foods. The event moved thousands of dogs, puppies, cats and kittens to new homes last year, including 27 pets from the Columbus shelter.

A volunteer helps prepare a dog for adoption at last year’s Clear the Shelter event.

Adoption hours are from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. for the special Saturday event.

Adoption fees for dogs and puppies will be waived, according to Animal Control Director Loretta Shipman, although adopters will still be responsible for spay/neuter costs. The first 10 adopters Saturday will receive discount vouchers from the Columbus Humane Society.

Cat and kitten adoptions will be reduced to $25, which includes all veterinary costs.

The Humane society will be providing free food and drinks during the event, and all adopters will receive a gift bag. Other rescue groups will also be on hand with food and gifts for adopters.

The shelter has been closed to adoptions several times this year due to an overpopulation of dogs and cats. While rescue groups manage to rehome some of the pets, surplus animals are often euthanized to make room for more incoming pets. The mild winter has contributed to a puppy and kitten explosion across the Southeast, according to the state veterinarian’s office, causing an overflow of unwanted or homeless pets.

The Columbus Shelter hopes to move every one of the adoptable animals this weekend, according to officials. Last year’s event was so successful that volunteers and workers stayed after the planned closing to help potential adopters find new furry friends.

“Please come out and make this a special day for all of our animals in need of a forever home,” Shipman said.

For more information, call 910.641.3945, check out adoptable animals at the shelter’s Facebook page, or go by the shelter at 288 Legion Drive, Whiteville.

Time

(Saturday) 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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