Looking For A Furry Friend?


Jacey Scott, Writers

As the first full week of school starts, there is a special event going on at Huntsville Animal Shelters. If you’re looking for a dog or cat, this is the time to get one!

This week, from August 12th to the 17th, animal shelters around the world are participating in Clear The Shelters week. More than 1400 shelters are discounting their adoption prices on dogs and cats to give these abandoned animals a home. In Huntsville Animal Shelters, they’re even putting up all their animals for free adoption. 

National Clear The Shelters week has been going on since 2015, and have given 250,000 animals a new home. This is being endorsed by the TV network NBC and famous actors such as Kelly Clarkson, Natalie Morales. Megan Boone, Ryan Eggold, and others. 

Shelters biggest problems are with overcrowding, which can cause up to 1.5 million shelter animals in the U.S to be euthanized a year! And 6.5 million animals enter shelters being strays, abandoned, or abused and only about 3.2 million get adopted. 

Bob Jones’s sophomore student Liam Mcdowell owns 3 rescue cats and shared why he chose a rescue over a breeder. “I don’t like the idea of animals being bred for us and I’d like to give homeless animals a home so they don’t get killed because of overcrowding.”

This is an opportunity for you and your family to help save a pet’s life and include the benefits of animals that have been in shelters. They are usually already potty trained and the veterinary costs are already included in most adoption fees. When you take home animals, you make more room for other animals and there are many organizations such as Harley’s Hope, Paws 4 A Cure, and more

Find more information at the Official Clear The Shelters Website and the Huntsville Humane Society page