Overpopulation in animal shelters leads to nationwide initiative

Clear the Shelters Day Arrives

RIO GRANDE VALLEY - August is one of the busiest months for animal shelters. This is because many kids go back to school and realize they won’t have time to care for their four-legged friends. While the animals are left empty-handed, the shelters overflow with tenants.

The situation has prompted for a nationwide event known as Clear the Shelters. The adoption festival will take place Saturday, August 15. Many animal shelters in the Rio Grande Valley are participating by allowing $10 pet adoption fees. The dogs and cats in the Palm View Animal Center in Edinburg have spent the past couple of days getting microchipped, vaccinated and neutered.

“We’re going to be adopting about 120, or more, dogs and cats tomorrow. That will open up space for another 100 to move up into adoption. It can be really saving 240 lives from this one day event,” said Tim Ousley, Palm View Animal Center Executive Director.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals:

  • There’s about 70 million stray dogs and cats around the United States (more dogs than cats).
  • About 7.6 million animals enter shelters nationwide per year.
  • About 2.7 are euthanized annually (more cats than dogs).
  • About 2.7 are adopted annually.

Making a difference in a furry friend’s life can also make a difference in the person. Janice Mingus is a volunteer at Palm View Animal Shelter. She owns two dogs who were abandonded on the side of the street and one dog whose owner passed away. Mingus says an animal can make your day like no one else can.

“They’re always happy to see you. Anybody that has a dog or a cat just tells you how happy they are. When you get home, they’re always in a good mood.”

Clear the Shelters is an initiative from Telemundo and NBC stations. Different locations will participate across the Rio Grande Valley; they can be seen on this list.

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