'Clear the Shelters' lived up to its name, saving thousands of lives

Posted July 24

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— I thought "Clear the Shelters" was just a clever name for Saturday's nationwide free pet adoption event. I never expected that the shelters would actually become practically empty, saving hundreds of lives locally and thousands across the country.

By 3 or 4 p.m. Saturday, it was getting difficult for some people to find adoptable dogs in Wake, Orange, Durham, Person, Edgecombe and Moore counties - and that's a good thing. I played reporter for the day and traveled to five local shelters to collect pet adoption stories, interview shelter workers and capture all the joy.

I pulled up to The Animal Protection Society of Durham by 10 a.m. and was surprised to see a line of potential adopters wrapping around the building. The chaos was organized, though.

"We are taking people through all the adoption forms and screening processes while they wait in line," said Victor, a staff member at the shelter. "That way, by the time they make it inside, they are ready to pick out their new pet."

Inside, I met a few people who had already selected a new family member. Kristan and Andrew, for example, were excited about their new addition, Skittles, and they happily posed for me.


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