TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Alean Lucky, a resident of Terre Haute went home with a new pet named Auggie after she participated in Saturday’s Clear the Shelters event.
Lucky said she waited for months to be able to take a pet home.
“I wanted a dog for a while. I’ve come up here maybe two or three times and in those times the dog was too expensive. So I decided to just get one today,” she said.
The nationwide event sponsored by WTWO and other NBC stations was a big success. In the Wabash Valley alone, as many as 168 animals were adopted from seven different animal shelter locations.
Becca Murphy, who works in Terre Haute, said she had her eye on a cat named Maggie for a special reason.
“Everything went well. I got the adoption papers and I’m getting ready to take her back to the office. She’s gonna be the office cat,” Murphy said.
Murphy and her colleague adopted another cat named Kai, that will be Maggie’s office mate.
Sarah Valentine, a volunteer with the Terre Haute Humane Society said the day wouldn’t have been possible without helping hands.
“We’re all wearing our bright tye-dyed shirts, you know. We’re just all working together as a team. The staff was in here at 6 a.m. this morning to start cleaning and feeding the animals and getting the building ready. We had some volunteers that were here early as well,” Valentine said.
Valentine said the most important part of the event was getting current animals adopted to make room for more animals out there who need a home.
“We constantly have intakes and just to be able to get them out of here and into new homes, it’s really great because that means that’s freeing up space for those animals that are out running that people need to bring,” Valentine said.
In addition to pet adoptions, the event included a demonstration with the Vigo County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit.
Deputies showed crowds how their dogs help them to apprehend suspects when needed.
The event also included other family friendly activities such as face painting. Corner Grind Cafe served free strawberry and mango smoothies and collected donations.