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Saturday event clears Aiken County Animal Shelter

August 21, 2018

Seventy five cats and dogs were adopted at the Aiken County Animal Shelter on Saturday, leaving behind a quiet shelter and empty kennels.

“It was great,” said Friends of the Animal Shelter volunteer Bob Gordon. “I think the people that came were well prepared. They knew what they wanted.”

Gordon said it was mostly families that came to the event, and many heartworm-positive dogs were adopted out. FOTAS provides treatment for dogs with heartworms.

“People had a really good attitude when they were out here,” Gordon said. “They were patient, and they seemed like they really wanted to add a new family member.”

Gordon said five adult cats, 19 kittens, 48 dogs (21 of which were heartworm positive) and three puppies were adopted from the shelter during Saturday’s event.

Clear the Shelters is an annual nationwide event put on by NBC and Telemundo-owned stations. The stations promote the event in conjunction with participating animal shelters in an attempt to get cats and dogs into loving forever homes.

The event was a much-needed relief for the Aiken County Animal Shelter, which has experienced massive overcrowding since May due to a constant flood of cats and dogs being abandoned and neglected in the surrounding area.

The Aiken County Animal Shelter waived all adoption fees during Saturday’s event. People could take home spayed, neutered, microchipped and vaccinated pets for free.

Only two dogs remained at the shelter following the event.

Unfortunately, the shelter will not remain vacant for long. Shelter Adoption Coordinator Hillary Clark-Kullis said new cats and dogs will be back in the shelter by the end of the week.

Cats at the Aiken County Animal Shelter can be adopted for $10. Dogs can be adopted for $35, and this cost covers spay/neuter, vaccinations and microchip. Although the shelter does not currently have a wide selection of animals to choose from due to the event on Saturday, the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare has many dogs and cats that need forever homes.

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