The Moore County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Division will be partnering with WRAL-TV Channel 5 and 10 area shelters to “Clear The Shelters”.  During this event, all adoption fees will be waived. 

The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 18th at the Moore County Shelter located at 5235 U.S. Highway 15-501 in Carthage, North Carolina.

“In order to better serve our residents and the animals, the Moore County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Division will start waiving the adoption fees at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 17,” said Moore County Sheriff’s Office in a news advisory.

This event is also an opportunity for residents to tour the facility and to see the many improvements that have been made to the facility since February of 2017.

Clear The Shelters is a nationwide pet adoption initiative that brings shelters, rescue groups, and adopters together to find loving homes for pets in need. This is done through partnerships between animal adoption groups and NBC-owned television stations.

The event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, and hundreds of animal organizations will participate across the country.

In central North Carolina, WRAL is partnering with 11 area shelters including the Moore County Sheriff’s Office.

Won’t waiving or reducing adoption fees mean people are more likely to return or rehome pets? Won’t they think of them as having less worth or value?

Surprisingly, no! Research has consistently shown that the quality of an adoption and the perceived value of a pet has nothing to do with what the adopter pays for the pet. Instead, it shows that the best indicator of whether adopters will keep and value the pet they adopt is whether it was a good match in the first place.

Studies nationwide have shown that return rates for shelters do not significantly increase when fees are waived or reduced. And organizations that have studied the emotional connection that adopters make with pets have found worth of the animal to be far less connected to what the animal costs up front than was historically believed. More information on some of the many studies that national organizations have conducted on this issue and the data they found can be found online in many places.

For additional information about this event, please call Moore County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Division at 910-947-2858.


contributed.  Photo credit/Clear the Shelters

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