This weekend hundreds of animal shelters across the country are hosting “Clear the Shelters”, a nationwide pet adoption drive to help find loving homes for animals in need. Lake County Animal Shelter has joined the event for the last three years and will offer free adoptions, hot dogs, and goody bags for all adopters.
The event comes at an ideal time for the shelter because it’s currently at capacity with 170 dogs in its care, the most since Hurricane Irma.
“We believe the increase in dogs may be due to back-to-school, as well as the many recent storms we have had, because dogs tend to run when they hear thunder,” said Elisha Pappacoda, Director of Communications for Lake County.
The increase in dogs is also due to people breaking intake rules by surrendering or bringing in lost animals from outside Lake County due to the facility’s reputation as a no-kill shelter. That practice prohibits pet owners from locating their lost pets, since owners typically look for them at their own nearby shelter, according to Pappacoda.
Lake County Animal Shelter has extended is hours for the Clear the Shelters event. This weekend’s special hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The shelter is located at 28123 County Road 561 in Tavares.
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