Help Clear the Shelters this weekend!

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - This weekend our local animal shelters will be hosting a pet adoption drive to try and encourage people to help them clear their shelters.

File photo: Animal shelter

They call them the dog days of summer, and as the mercury rises so do the spirits of shelter animals waiting to find a home.

As part of the nationwide Clear the Shelters event, more than 1,400 shelters will be hosting similar events to match families with the appropriate pets available this Saturday, August 17th.

While adoption rates have been steadily rising since 2011, approximately 1.5 million animals are still euthanized each year due to overcrowding.

Here in Laredo, LAPS and the Laredo Animal Care Services will both be taking part in the movement.

LAPS will host its drive, on-site at 2500 Gonzalez St and the Laredo Animal Shelter will host its drive over at 5202 Maher Avenue.

Last year, about 100,000 pets were adopted from shelters across the country.