Those interested in adopting can find a list of available pets at www.cor.net/adoptme. (Courtesy of Richardson Animal Shelter)
Richardson Animal Shelter aims to find permanent homes for all of its animals during a month-long adoption event.
Clear the Shelters, which started as a one-day event in Dallas-Fort Worth in 2014, now involves more than 1,900 national animal rescue organizations. More than half a million animals have been adopted as a result of the outbreak, according to Richardson shelter manager Noura Jammal, who briefed city council on the event at a meeting on August 30.
The main objective of the event is to adopt all pets; however, it is also an opportunity for organizations to publicize the overcrowding of shelters linked to the increase in the number of animals returned at this time of year.
“For every animal that finds a home, it opens up space for another animal in need,” Jammal said, noting that the Richardson shelter currently has around 110 animals available for adoption.
In a recent interview with Community impact journal, Jammal said about 300 animals enter the shelter each month during the summer.
“Due to the fact that a lot of people are moving or going on vacation, they have decided that the animal they adopted is probably not right for them,” she said. “It’s also baby season for a lot of animals in general, so we see a lot of puppies and kittens coming through the doors.”
Adoption fees will be waived the week of September 12-19 as part of the event. That translates to a savings of around $ 200 to $ 300 and includes vaccinations, flea and tick treatments, heartworm treatment, deworming and microchipping, Jammal said. The shelter is currently open by appointment, Jammal said.
Last year, Richardson welcomed 34 pets to the Clear the Shelters event. Jammal hopes to exceed that number this year.
“We hope that this year will be the year in which we [clear the shelter],” she said.
A list of adoptable animals can be found on the shelter’s website. To make an appointment at the refuge, dial 972-744-4480.
Erick Pirayesh contributed to this report.