Thanks to animal shelters all across the nation and in Texoma many more cats and dogs have a comfy place to call home.

The huge adoption event all part of the Clear the Shelters. This is the fourth-year local shelters teamed up with rescues all over America. In that time more than 200,000 animals have found forever homes. 


LOCAL SHELTERS ADOPTION NUMBERS

SHELTER

DOGS

CATS

TOTAL

Altus Animal Shelter

5

3

8

Bowie Animal Shelter

4

0

4

City of Wichita Falls Animal Services

36

10

46

Cleveland Area Pound Pals

19

3

22

Emily’s Legacy Rescue

2

2

4

Humane Society of Wichita County

18

10

28

Humane Society of Young County

15

14

29

Iowa Park Animal Reclaim Center

0

0

0*

Lawton Animal Welfare

19

11

30

Wilbarger Humane Society

25

9

34

Total adopted animals: 205 

*Unofficial totals, final official totals should be available Monday. 

Finding that perfect pet means so much to the adoptive family and to those who cared for the animal during its stay at the shelter.

James Scott said he and his family have been looking for a dog for their family.

“We’ve been looking around, but we didn’t find anything until [Saturday],” Scott said.

After all this time the Scott’s believe they found the perfect pet.

“His calm mentality. Everybody else was going crazy and this little guy was just chilling. Made sure he would be a good fit with the kids,” Scott said.

Because there are so many more like the Scott’s new dog looking for good homes, shelters find events like this very important.

“We get in about 300 to 350 dogs and cats every single month so the more we can send out the front door and into new homes is really what makes it worthwhile,” Katrena Mitchell, the Wichita Falls Animal Services Administrator, said.

Scott knew they wanted to help one of those dogs find a home.

“We knew we weren’t going to go get a puppy from anywhere else, but we wanted to make sure the right dog was there,” Scott said. “We have been here a few times, but this is the first time I’ve seen this guy. We felt pretty lucky.”

Seeing animals like the Scott’s dog, Mickey, adopted means so much to those who care for them while they are in local shelters.

“It makes our hearts happy,” Mitchell said. “One of my staff said when we opened the doors and there was a long line, a stream of people coming in that is was tearful. It made us all feel good that so many people want to come and adopt these pets that we love so much.”

Thanks to families like the Scotts who came out and adopted and national events like this, animals in shelters have a lot of people working to ensure they can live long and healthy lives with a family to call to their own.

The Clear the Shelters event has grown substantially since it started just four years ago this year more than 1,200 shelters participated all across the country. 

In Texoma in 2017, only around 90 animals were adopted out. In 2018, more than 200 animals were adopted.

For more on Clear the Shelters click here.