Local animal shelters participate in Clear the Shelters


For the last three years, WBOY has joined the efforts of news stations across the country to help Clear the Shelters, helping animal local shelters offer free and reduced adoptions fees for one day in the hopes of helping rescued animals find homes.

The fourth annual Clear the Shelters event took place Saturday at three different animal shelters in the area. Harrison, Marion and Barbour County humane societies participated. 

On Clear the Shelters days, families can increase their size by one more member for a reduced cost, or for no cost at all. 

“We just really want people to come in, see our facility, see what animals we have. and every year, obviously we have a different kind of animal, different breeds, different sizes. everything that you could possibly be looking for,” said Frankie Dennison, Harrison County Humane Society Director.

The Harrison County Humane Society in Shinnston, for instance, had a number of different dogs and cats available for adoption at a reduced cost. 

Some are there because they’ve been rescued from animal control, others because of different situations. 

“We had Brimley who was adopted, he was a little too energetic for the lady. So he was returned. They all have a story. Bart was actually returned because his owners are moving clear across the country and don’t have the ability to take him with them. They all have their own stories, they all need a forever loving home,” said Dennison.

For every pet that is adopted from Shinnston, it not only means hopefully finding a good home for one pet, but also rescuing another from animal control. 

The Clear the Shelters event is such a good event and cause that our own Ronnell Hunt went out and got himself a dog for his family.

“So Sophie’s four-years old, she’s sixty pounds, and a big ball of fun. I took her all around the studio, she’s completely loving it right now. So I think this is going to be our new official Channel 12 dog right here,” said Hunt. 

Those looking to adopt a dog like Sophie can do so any time during the year at the Marion, Harrison and Barbour County shelters. But especially on the Clear the Shelters days.

Another one will be coming up again next year.  

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