Local shelter director: Clear the Shelters ‘so successful’

Clear the Shelters

WALKER, Mich. (WOOD) — On Saturday, WOOD TV8 and NBC stations across the country teamed up with hundreds of shelters to host Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive.

The event was all about finding homes for tens of thousands of animals, and the turnout at the Humane Society of West Michigan — one of the participating shelters in West Michigan — was a success, according to Trudy Ender, the shelter’s executive director.

>>Photos: Clear the Shelters in West Michigan

“Our hearts are so full. Today was so successful, so many animals in need of a home are now in homes,” Ender said. “They are on the car ride, they’re at their new forever home, and it is just such an exhilarating day.”

According to Ender, approximately 300 animals per day are in the care of the West Michigan Humane Society, whether on-site or off-site.

“Days like today, this kind of exposure, really makes a huge difference in the lives of humans and pets,” she said.

If you weren’t able to make it to either the Humane Society of West Michigan or the other local participating shelter — Harbor Humane Society in Ottawa County — on Saturday, don’t forget that shelters are open and in need of volunteers throughout the year.

“We are here six days a week. And if you’re not tugged yet or you’re not ready for an animal but you do want to support us, there are so many ways of volunteering,” Ender said. “We try to make it worthwhile for our volunteers. They pick and choose what they’d like to do. And because we’re 100 percent donor-funded, financial gifts are much-needed and we’re so grateful for our community to help us do our mission.”

So far, 365 animals have been adopted through the 2018 Clear the Shelters event in West Michigan, with the nationwide total surpassing 75,000 Saturday evening.

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