Groups come together to Clear the Shelters; event set for Saturday

Published 10:03 am Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Looking for that new furry addition to your home? Then look no further than the local animal shelter.

Clear the Shelters is a nationwide pet adoption event that will be held locally from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Port Arthur Animal Control office, 201 Fourth St.

Aundria Crossett gets snuggled by a husky mix dog that is looking for a new home at the Port Arthur Animal Control shelter.
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In addition, Pinehurst and West Orange animal control offices will be participating.

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Karla Crossett of Hope 4 the Hounds, a non-profit group whose mission is to help get animals out of the shelter by providing funds for the animal to obtain the necessary vaccines and spay or neuter services, learned of the nationwide campaign and connected with Anthony Mitchell, director of the animal shelter.

The goal is to find homes for as many shelter dogs and cats as possible. During the event, adoption fees will be waived with one exception. Port Arthur residents must pay a $10 registration fee.

This pup is also looking for a new home.
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But to help, VIP Petcare, a national sponsor, is donating up to $200 worth of free preventative veterinary services to all pet parents adopting through the event on Saturday.

Crossett and daughter Aundria Crossett met with Mitchell on Tuesday for a peek at the animals seeking homes. The kennels held dogs of all sizes and various breeds.

“We hope to find homes for them,” Mitchell said. “I believe we’ll have about 25 dogs on Saturday.”