Clear the Shelters campaign aims to find pets forever homes

Published: Aug. 2, 2020 at 6:28 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - As part of their annual Clear the Shelters campaign, local animal shelters in Nebraska hope to clear out this month.

The Voice for Companion Animals, The Central Nebraska Humane Society, The Heartland Pet Connection, Start Over Rover and Capital Humane Society are all doing the Clear the Shelters Campaign. It takes place all throughout the month of August and the goal is to find as many pets a forever home.

“We’re happy to see our fellow shelters and rescues hanging in there and doing really good as well, so it’s kind of a team effort. We’re looking forward to the month,” Robyn Mays, Director of The Voice for Companion Animals, said.

Normally the annual initiative is a week long, but since COVID-19 hit, animals in shelters need a home more than ever. Throughout the pandemic, traffic has been slow and less people have been adopting pets. Animals have been waiting patiently for a new family. Shelters said they thrive when they get into a permanent living situation.

“Nothing beats a home, their own people, their own schedule, windows, beds, kids, and just somebody to take care of them,” Robyn Mays said.

The Voice for Companion Animals in Grand Island has 1 dog and 20 cats up for adoption. Many of the animals are rescued from bad situations. Some of the pets come sick, malnourished and in bad shape. The shelter takes them in to get healthy and ready to be with a family.

“They turn around and flourish when they know, they just know,” Mays said. “They know they’re safe, they know they’re happy to have their human. They settle into a routine, it’s all good.”

The campaign is also a way to spread awareness. They are using social media to get the word out about adoptions, volunteering, events, and donations.

The Voice for Companion Animals is always accepting donations. People can donate cat litter, pet beds and toys. They also have an AniMeals program where they provide food and supplies for veterans’ animals. They accept all kinds of canned, dried, frozen, and fresh food donations as well. People can drop them off at the shelter or they can meet up with them. They also have donations spots at Petco, right inside the door and other pet store locations. For more information on where you can drop them off, visit their website.

The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and any other days people have to call and make an appointment. If people wish to adopt an animal, they can call, email, or message them on Facebook to book a time on days when they’re not open.

Other Clear The Shelters Participants:

Capital Humane Society - (402) 441-4488 Ext1

6500 S. 70th Street, Lincoln, NE 68516

Central Nebraska Humane Society - (308) 385-5305

1312 Sky Park Road, Grand Island, NE 68801

Heartland Pet Connection - (402) 462-7387

1807 W. J Street, Hastings, NE 68901

Start Over Rover - (402) 834-0640

134 N. Barnes Avenue, Hastings, NE 68901

Voice For Companion Animals - (402) 527-8228

524 S. Webb Road, #5117, Grand Island, NE 68803

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