Clear the Shelters: Over 200 pets find new homes as shelters waive adoption fees

Over 200 pets in NBC Charlotte's viewing area found new homes Saturday, thanks to a groundbreaking pet adoption campaign.

CHARLOTTE -- NBC Charlotte, along with NBC stations across the country, took part in a groundbreaking pet adoption campaign that takes place Saturday in Charlotte and cities across the United States.

This year, over 200 pets in NBC Charlotte's viewing area found new homes Saturday. CMPD Animal Care and Control reported 77 total adoptions, Gaston County reported 48, 40 pets found new homes in Iredell County, Humane Society of Catawba County recorded 27 adoptions and 63 animals from the Lincoln County Animal Services found new homes.

Clear the Shelters is an effort to find new homes for homeless pets. Many shelters have agreed to waive or reduce adoption fees Saturday to encourage people to adopt the animals.

"That's a great value when you think of all you are getting with that animal," said Melissa Knicely of CMPD Animal Care and Control.

It returns for a second consecutive year after last year’s highly successful inaugural effort, which resulted in nearly 20,000 animals finding new homes.

Animal shelters are typically overcrowded in the summer because of spring litters.

"[It's] very important to find them all homes," said Shannon Osella, a volunteer. "We've saved a lot this summer, a lot more than previous years."

Here is the list of shelters who participated in the event:

Humane Society of Charlotte
2700 Toomey Ave
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 377-0534

Humane Society of York County
8177 Regent Pkwy
Fort Mill, SC 29715
(803) 802-0902

Gaston County Animal Care & Enforcement
220 Leisure Lane
Dallas, NC 28034
(704) 922-8677

CMPD Animal Control
8315 Byrum Drive
Charlotte, NC 28217
(704) 336-7600 

5235 Hwy 15-501
Carthage, NC 28327
910-947-2858
 
3224 20th Avenue, SE
Hickory, NC 28601
828-464-8878
 
430 Bristol Dr.
Statesville, NC 28677
704-878-5424
 
Lincolnton, NC 28092
704-736-4125
 
1602 Airport Rd. 
Shelby, NC 28150
704-481-9884
 
 
Visit CleartheShelters.com for more information.

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