Shelters prepare to take in more animals after ‘Clear the Shelters’ event

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After dozens of pets found forever homes during Saturday’s Clear the Shelters event, local animal shelters are preparing to take in more cats and dogs this week.

You may have seen some members of our 2 NEWS team at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton and SICSA during the event.

SICSA had more empty cages than usual Sunday after 13 dogs and 15 cats were adopted Saturday, according to Emma Blackman-Mathis, kennel and facilities manager for SICSA.

As of Sunday evening, there were only two dogs left in the shelter available for adoption, she said.

Clear the Shelters, one of SICSA’s busiest events of the year, is part of a nationwide initiative to encourage more people to adopt animals.

The empty cages will start to fill up later this week, Blackman-Mathis said, as the shelter starts accepting more animals from other facilities like the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center.

“We’re all in this together,” Blackman-Mathis said. “If we’re working toward a no-kill community, we can’t do it alone. We have to do it with and for each other. That includes the community members as well. So the community members adopting from us is a huge part of that process.”

Officials with SICSA expect the shelter to be completely full again by early next week, Blackman-Mathis said.

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