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At the McHenry County shelter, the goal was to send all 32 cats and its only dog home with new families. The shelter also discounted the adoption fee from $100 to $80 for younger animals.
More than half were adopted within the first hour, including the dog, and all but five of the animals found new homes by the end of the event at 2 p.m., said Plonczyniski, the shelter’s volunteer coordinator and health educator.
“What’s interesting is before it happens, people come in and start adopting,” Plonczyniski said. “There is a surge around the event for sure, which we love. I don’t know why it surprises me, but it always does surprise me.”
Hundreds of shelters in 20 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico also participate in the one-day event, according to a news release from the McHenry County Department of Health. More than 54,000 pets went home with new families last year.
This year in Crystal Lake, Clear the Shelters helped pack the inside of the shelter at 100 N. Virginia St. with prospective pet owners of all ages.