During the “Clear the Shelters” adoption event on Saturday, August 15, four hundred animal shelters around the country reduced or completely waived adoption fees to help connect adoptable dogs and cats with loving families. Now the numbers are in, and we are thrilled to announce that more than 18,000 cats and dogs found homes during this nationwide event!
The ASPCA granted $134,000 to 16 participating organizations for “Clear the Shelters,” which was sponsored by the NBCUniversal-Owned Television Stations division of NBCUniversal and Telemundo. Shelters also got a boost from their local NBC and Telemundo stations to promote their events.
At the ASPCA Adoption Center on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a line stretched halfway down the block. To handle the heavy influx of adopters, staff set up hospitality stations and even a children’s activity table where kids colored pictures of dogs and cats as their parents waited patiently to look at available pets.
Irving, age 3, colored dogs and cats while his family waited to look at available dogs.
“It was an amazing day,” said Gail Buchwald, Senior Vice President of the ASPCA’s Adoption Center, which placed 76 cats and five dogs in new homes. Across the New York tri-state area, 1,046 dogs and cats were adopted.
At the Animal Care Centers of NYC (AC&C), 148 adoptions took place, and the organization is extending the promotion for 60 days for anyone who came Saturday but didn't find their perfect match.
For Morgan Castilla, 21, a student at the Fashion Institute in New York City, the perfect match came in the form of a cat. “I dreamed last night that I would come home with an orange kitten,” said Morgan, who adopted an orange, two-month-old tabby that she named Harvey.
Morgan and the newly-named Harvey.
Vaughn Moore of the Bronx visited the ASPCA with his wife Marcia and daughters Brianna, 8, and Anyah, 10. They chose two long-haired kittens in memory of their 15-year-old cat, Muff Muff, a Turkish Angora who recently passed away after battling cancer. “We were crushed at her death,” Vaughn said, but matching grey tabbies Cobey and Coffee helped ease their grief.
The Moore family of the Bronx adopted two long-haired kittens, Cobey and Coffee.
“It feels like a dream come true,” said Corey Price, manager of Irving Animal Services who conceived and hosted ‘Empty The Shelter’ events in the past in North Texas. “I never thought I would see empty kennels,” she confessed. “I’m thankful so many caring and dedicated people were willing to take a chance on a crazy idea.”
Dallas/Fort Worth ranked No. 1 across the country with 3,045 total adoptions, followed closely by Los Angeles with 2,360 adoptions.
Nancy Turner and her daughter, Nicole, 10, of the Bronx, had been thinking about adopting a cat when they decided to visit the ASPCA on Saturday. They waited patiently for four hours before leaving with a solid gray, three-month-old kitten whom Nicole named Mr. Boots.
Nicole, 10, of the Bronx, with her newly-named kitten Mr. Boots.
“It wasn’t just about being free,” said Nancy. “At the end of the day, what matters is you’re saving a life.
Sweet, sensitive Tootsie has been waiting for a loving home for more than two years. This shy girl needs some extra time to adjust to new friends and faces, but once you’ve earned her trust, she’ll come to you for playtime and chin scratches! Our Adoptions team can provide some great tips on how to help Tootsie acclimate to her new home.
Tootsie prefers a quiet environment where she is the only cat. She does have experience living with human siblings, and would do best with kids aged 12 or older. Adopt Tootsie today!
Tootsie is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting Tootsie, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120.
Have you been considering adding a furry friend (or two!) to your family? Now is your chance! This Saturday, August 15, hundreds of shelters nationwide will participate in an exciting “Clear the Shelters” event. Participating organizations will reduce or completely waive their adoption fees to help connect adoptable animals in their care with safe and loving homes.
Our Adoption Center, located in New York City, will take part in the event, waiving all adoption fees for dogs and cats Saturday.
The ASPCA has also provided support for the event in the form of grant funding to a select number of participating organizations across the country. “Clear the Shelters” is sponsored by the NBCUniversal-Owned Television Stations division of NBC Universal and Telemundo.
We look forward to hearing the many happy stories that will result from this exciting event. Please help us Clear the Shelters by finding a participating shelter near you and giving a homeless pet a second chance.
Kiki is a lovable, four-year-old American Bulldog available for adoption. This bundle of energy loves to explore the world around him, and is especially happy to have the freedom and space to run around when he’s outdoors. When he’s out for a walk, Kiki will sometimes pull on the leash, so he needs an adopter who can handle a little bit of weight. As excited as Kiki is to investigate his environment, he doesn’t always enjoy being around other dogs and will likely never be a dog park dog.
When Kiki is at home, he loves to laze around with his toys. He doesn’t always like to share them, but our Behavior specialists can give his adopter some tips on how to encourage communal toy time. Kiki does well with kids and has lived with young human siblings before. He would do best in a home with kids 10 years of age or older. Adopt Kiki today!
Kiki is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting Kiki, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120.
This black-and-white beauty is Teodora, a sweet and playful cat who is ready to be an excellent partner-in-crime to a lucky adopter. Teodora loves her friends and has no problem showing lots of affection, but she’s also independent and enjoys her stints of solitude. Teodora can be a little skeptical of new company, but if strangers approach her slowly and extend a hand for her to sniff, she usually warms up pretty quickly. She loves to play with feather toys, and enjoys a good scratch on her head and chin, but isn’t crazy about back or belly rubs.
Teodora would do best in the home of an experienced cat adopter with kids 14 or older. She would prefer to be the only cat in the home. Adopt Teodora today!
Teodora is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting Teodora, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120.