Local shelters hosting 'Clear the Shelters' event to find homes for pets
Several animal shelters are participating in a nationwide adoption event called 'Clear the Shelters.'
McKamey Animal Center in Hixson is one of the many shelters participating.
Mindy Kolin, director of development and external relations at McKamey, said they are at max capacity with more than 500 animals.
"It is summertime. It is kitten season, puppy season," Kolin said. "We are getting close to 80 animals a day that are coming in that are being surrendered or brought in because they have been found so we are at capacity."
The 12-hour event will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.
People will have the opportunity to meet with the adoption staff and look for their "fur-ever friend."
All kittens and cats will be $5.
Dogs will be $25.
Puppies will be $175.
"The adoption includes the spay or neuter, deworming, lots of other treatments so for an adoption to go out the door we've already invested $300-$400," Kolin said.
She said they are expecting a big crowd so people should plan to be at the center for a while.
If you're planning to adopt Saturday, you should bring a leash or crate.
"If you want to bring in another dog that you have at home for a meet and greet, you can do that as well," Kolin said.
Some of the other shelters participating in the event include The Humane Educational Society in Chattanooga, North Georgia Animal Alliance in Ringgold, and the God Only Knows Animal Rescue in Chatsworth.
The Humane Educational Society's event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
According to their event on Facebook, dogs 6 months or older are $25 and cats are $5.
North Georgia Animal Alliance will open their doors from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m for the event.