By KAROLYN GEPHART
National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day is being celebrated in Friendswood with the Clear the Shelter event at Friendswood Animal Control on Saturday, Aug. 18 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
For the first time, volunteers and staff at Friendswood Animal Control will participate in the nationwide event.
Although adoption rates have been steadily rising over the past few years, the nation’s animal control facilities, including Friendswood’s, are crowded.
“We have a large facility in Friendswood, but several times a year we are over capacity, as we are now,” Amy Castro, Volunteer Coordinator for the Friendswood Animal Control Facility, said. “The ‘Clear the Shelter’ event is coming at just the right time.”
Castro is the author of the clever biographies for pets available for adoption each week in the paper. Her help in introducing pets that are awaiting adoption has helped the facility get the pets to their forever homes.
On Aug. 18 all pet adoptions will be free, with adopters receiving all regular adoption services such as a veterinary exam, vaccines, testing, microchipping, and spay or neuter surgery.
“We will have not only free dog and cat adoptions that day, but also refreshments and activities for kids and families, along with plenty of volunteers on hand to showcase the available adoptable animals,” Castro said.
For more information about Friendswood Animal Control and pet adoptions, call 281-996-3390.