Aiken County to participate in national “Clear The Shelters” event

Burt, a kitten at the Aiken County Animal Shelter

AIKEN, S.C. (WJBF) — “We are very excited about this event tomorrow,” said Aiken Co. Animal Shelter Manager Bobby Arthurs. “Clear The Shelters.”

“As the community knows we’ve been full with a lot of the animals coming in, and the community has been great in helping us but we still need some more help,” said Jennifer Miller, President of Friends of the Animal Shelter (FOTAS).

For the first time, The Aiken County Animal Shelter is joining more than 400 shelters nationwide for the one day event aimed at finding homes for as many adoptable pets as possible. Last year more than 20-thousand found their forever home.

“We are really excited because we do know that there are wonderful people out there that would like to make a loving home for the cats and the dogs here that are homeless,” said FOTAS member Ellie Joos.

In addition to getting a new best friend, the normal adoption fees are waived for one day only. Usually $70 for dogs and $35 for cats. On Saturday…free of charge.

“Neutered, spayed, all vaccines, microchipped, everything’s included,” said Arthurs. “And the price is zero.”

Certain pets like Gideon need a certain type of home. Organizers stress that they’re not trying to get rid of animals, they’re trying to get them into the right situation.

“You know we’re asking for responsible adopters to come out and see us (Saturday),” said Arthurs. “If you’re looking for a dog just to have out on a chain, please don’t come see us. Make sure the animal fits your lifestyle. And it fits the animal’s lifestyle, too.”

Organizers also stress that you are a renter you’ll need a copy of your rental agreement.

Below are pictures of just a few of the pets available for adoption at the shelter. Of if you saw an animal in this story to whom you would like to provide a loving home, simply take a screen shot on your phone and show it to shelter or FOTAS staff when you arrive on Saturday and they’ll be happy to introduce you!

WHO: Aiken Co.Animal Shelter

WHAT: Clear The Shelters

WHEN: Saturday, July 23rd (11:30am – 4pm)

WHERE: Aiken Co. Animal Shelter, 333 Wire Road, Aiken

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