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Summer event means "No Pets Left Behind" at local shelters

A one-day drive to clear animal shelters and leave no pets behind was in full swing Saturday. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The Asheville Humane Society Strives for “No Pets Left Behind.”

A one-day drive to clear animal shelters and leave no pets behind was in full swing Saturday.

The Asheville Humane Society hosted the event on International Homeless Animals’ Day.

“The hope is every single one of our dogs and cats and mice and guinea pigs and rabbits, what we have right now, are gone today in safe, welcoming homes,” said Executive Director Tracy Elliott.

His organization partnered with Blue Ridge Humane Society, Foothills Humane Society, Macon County Animal Services, Madison County Animal Services and Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation by reducing their pet adoption fees.

Elliott says the summer time is the busiest time for shelters when breeding produces more offspring.

“To try and make space for all the new ones that are coming in, and to try to find forever homes for all that are here with us now is really important for us to do,” Elliott said.

He said even if your local shelter didn’t partner this time around or you missed the one-day drive, it’s still important to help them clear their shelters. “We want you to go to your local shelter because there are lots of animals in every county in North Carolina who need homes,” he said.

A day before the event, 20 chihuahuas were dropped off at the Transylvania County Animal Shelter. Officials there said a rescue group was working to find them homes.

Back at the Asheville Humane Society, Elliott says within the first three hours 28 pets had already been adopted.

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