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Deer Park asks residents to help ‘Clear the Shelter’

August 2, 2018

How much is that doggy in the window? If the window is at the Deer Park Animal shelter, that pooch, or any other pet someone may want to adopt, will be $50 less than the normal charge as the shelter participates in the national “Clear the Shelter” program sponsored by Telemundo.

As shelter crowding becomes more prevalent — especially over the summer — facilities across the country take a day and waive adoption fees in an effort to find homes for animals. This year, the Clear the Shelter event will take place Aug. 18 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

People adopting an animal will not have to pay the adoption fee, but are still responsible for the spay or neuter and rabies vaccine.

“We have a lot of cats right now,” said Jeanna Hooker, the Deer Park shelter’s animal control supervisor. “So, we’re always looking to find good homes for them, and we also have this sweet dog named Hazel who we’re concentrating on. She’s about a year old and we think she’s a shepherd-husky mix. She’s little shy, but she’s excellent with other dogs and great with people.”

But dogs and cats aren’t the only creatures the shelter has ever taken in.

“Because we’re a city facility, we take in anything that is in the city,” Hooker said.

In the past, the shelter has taken in alligators, guinea pigs, ostriches, snakes, ponies, goats and pigs.

“Years ago, someone was driving down the road and found one of those small plastic habitats just laying around outside,” Hooker said. “There was a tarantula living in it.”

Joining the initiative spearheaded by Telemundo helps quite a bit, Hooker said.

“We’re tucked way back here on Luella; so a lot of times we’ll get people in that didn’t even know we were here,” she said. “If a bigger company like Telemundo or NBC is advertising the event and we’re attached to it, it’s on such a huge scale that more people will see it and potentially get involved.”

This will be the fourth year for the annual event and the third year Deer Park is participating.

“We’ve seen a definite increase in adoptions during the event,” she said.

Hooker encouraged residents to follow the Deer Park Animal Shelter on Facebook at www.facebook.com/deerparktx.animalshelter to keep an eye out for pets they might be interested in adopting.

“Just remember if you see an animal before the adoption event and you’re waiting until that day for the fee to be waived, there is a chance the animal won’t be there when you’re ready for them,” she said. “We’ll work with people though. Just be sure to let us know that you know about the adoption event if you’re coming in before hand.”

jennifer.bolton@chron.com

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