Pets find homes during ‘Clear the Shelters’ day

By on August 17, 2019


The PetSmart in Nags Head played host to animals looking for a home on Aug. 17 as the Dare County SPCA participated in the Clear the Shelters pet adoption drive organized by NBC- and Telemundo-owned television stations in conjunction with animal shelters around the country.

The local shelter contingent at PetSmart on the 17th included eight cats, eight dogs, and three rabbits. The animals selected to be showcased at the event were chosen “based on personality,” according to SPCA Growth and Community Outreach Manager Audrey Blocker, explaining that they had to get along well with people and other animals. (A similar adoption event took place at the shelter itself.)

Given the event, the usual adoption fees were discounted — down to $20 for dogs, $10 for cats and a simple donation for rabbits. And people were able to walk into the PetSmart and walk out with a pet.

That was the case with Tillie, 2 ½-year-old mixed breed female who charmed her way into the heart of one family. She had come to the Dare SPCA from another shelter and had been there only about three weeks before being adopted at the Clear the Shelters event. At least two other dogs had already been adopted by the time Tillie’s turn came. And for the record, the three rabbits went like hotcakes.

The numbers associated with Clear the Shelters are big ones. An “Adoption Tracker” feature on the Clear the Shelters site ( showed that by shortly after 3 p.m., 68,839 pets had been adopted nationally. At roughly, the same time, a WRAL-TV report said that in North Carolina alone, 985 pets had already been adopted that day.

Update: The local SPCA reports that the Clear the Shelters event resulted in the adoption of three dogs, four cats and three rabbits.

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