The City of Irving, Texas, came up with a great idea to help homeless pets find their forever homes. The 2014 “Empty the Shelter Day” held on Saturday, August 16, 2014, had dozens of shelters across north Texas waiving their adoption fees in hopes of putting thousands of shelter animals into loving homes. On most days, these shelters are running rampant with cats and dogs. Saturday, they were running rampant with people waiting to adopt!
As of Saturday evening, 2,217 animals found new homes, according to Corey Price, animals services manager with the city of Irving, which organized the effort. Dallas Animal Services adopted out 149 cats and dogs. The two shelters in Irving adopted out 157 pets. Arlington found new homes for 133 animals.
Shelters across north Texas were surprised by the huge turnout — and potential adopters were glad they got to the shelter early, as most shelters had long lines by the time word got out. On a typical Saturday, one shelter said, they’ll adopt out 10 dogs if they’re lucky. This past Saturday, they had already surpassed that total within the first hour. Other shelters had similar success. In Irving, there was a line around the building more than an hour before the shelter opened. Organizers said they’re already looking forward to doing this again next year.