By Charlaine Harris
Let’s talk about something wonderful. It’s about time, huh?
This past weekend was Clear the Shelters weekend. NBC Universal sponsored it, in coordination with more than 680 animal shelters. Applicants could adopt a pet (dog, cat, iguana, rooster) for a greatly reduced adoption fee, and a waived or reduced spay-neuter fee.
And how did people respond? More than 45,000 animals were adopted. In Texas, the lines were long to get inside facilities housing potential pets.
I live in Texas. At least eleven shelters in Texas were empty after Saturday, including one in nearby Glen Rose. Empty! I’m rejoicing in the positive side of this. I’m rejoicing in seeing the pictures of shelter workers standing in empty dog cages.
I know, you’re thinking . . . Some of these people won’t be good owners. Some of them will abandon or mistreat the animal they adopted. But that’s always the case. Terrible but factual.
I am gobsmacked by the reality that many, many people turned out to stand in the hot sun to wait their turns to pick a forever pet. I am delighted by the fact that lots of shelter workers get to stay home today. I love seeing this great instance of the good side of human nature.
I hope it makes you happy, too. I was drawn to write about this by our own two rescues, Colt and Abigail. Our daughter found Colt wandering around a parking lot, and we discovered Abigail in our local shelter. We have never been sorry they are part of our family.