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Finding a furry friend: Dozens of animals find homes during Clear the Shelter event

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, August 22, 2018
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NICE TO MEET YOU – Four-year-old Nathan Floyd gets to know his new puppy at Saturday’s Clear the Shelter event at the Wise County Animal Shelter. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Plenty of new four-legged friends were made Saturday at the Wise County Animal Shelter during National Clear the Shelter Day.

Among those finding new friends was Nathan Floyd, whose Gammy had brought him to the shelter for a birthday surprise. The young man was turning 4 Sunday.

“He needed a puppy that could grow with him, and they had three puppies,” said Robin Minor, Floyd’s grandmother.

The two arrived early Saturday and found what they were looking for.

With the puppy in an outside kennel, Nathan went inside to put a leash on his new furry friend.

“Pick him up real gentle behind the front paws,” his grandmother said.

Scooping the dog up in his arms, he turned around and walked back toward his grandmother with a big smile on his face.

“It’s my birthday dog,” he said.

From there, the three were headed to the pet store and had another important task: coming up with a name.

The unnamed puppy was one of 21 dogs who were adopted from the shelter Saturday. Thirteen cats also found homes, according to Wise County Animal Shelter Director Cathy Sides.

“I think we had a really good day,” Sides said, pointing out that the shelter was the emptiest she had seen it. Only five dogs and four cats remained.

She estimated about 200 people came out for the event.

Sides said the county allowed the shelter to waive the normal adoption fees for the day, and Heritage Veterinary Clinic had come out on Friday to give rabies shots to all the adoptable dogs.

Robyn Mahoney brought her 7-year-old son, Colton, to the event looking for something specific: a white kitten.

Colton said he’d been looking for a white kitten for four years.

“It’s been about six months, but it probably seems like four years to him,” Robyn said.

Their search ended successfully when they found just the cat they’d been looking for. As a bonus, the kitten’s sibling was adopted by the family as well.

“Colton has an older brother,” Robyn pointed out.

Plenty of volunteers were also on hand for the event, assisting people in finding their new pet.

Raffle tickets were sold for a charcoal grill/smoker combo with the winning ticket drawn Saturday afternoon. Proceeds helped Shelter Buddies pay for animal vaccinations.

Volunteer Dee Conklin was also selling bottles of her homemade barbecue sauce for $8 a jar to raise money for the shelter animals. Anyone who would still like a jar can contact her through her Facebook page or the Urgent Animals at the Wise County Animal Shelter Volunteers Page on Facebook.

Purfect Match

PURRFECT MATCH – Colton Mahoney of Decatur holds his newly-adopted cat at the Clear the Shelter event. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Welcome to the Family

WELCOME TO THE FAMILY – Heather Brady and Michelle Jones pet their newly-adopted dog Aneica. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Pick Me

PICK ME – A dog watches for a potential owner at Saturday’s Clear the Shelter event. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Could You Be the One

COULD YOU BE THE ONE? – Chloe and Cory Lamb check out a potential adoption choice. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Focused Felines

FOCUSED FELINES – A pair of kittens wait to be adopted. Saturday’s event led to the adoption of 21 dogs and 13 cats at the Wise County Animal Shelter. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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