Local animal shelters host Clear the Shelters event

Hampden County

Michele Barrows of Springfield was just one of the dozens of people who filled the Dakin Humane Society to clear the shelters Saturday morning. 

She hoped to give a dog a new home and add to her family of rescue pets.

The animals may be taken good care of at Dakin but the goal of Clear The Shelters is to provide them with a forever home.

Dakin Executive Director Carmine Dicenso told 22News, “The reality is they all want to be in homes with people in a home to call their own.The goal is to get them out of the shelter as quickly as possible and really find that perfect match for that animal and that home so they can live happily together.”

Clear The Shelters helps find homes for hundreds of dogs, cats, guinea pigs and bunnies.
Barrows said animals benefit and often make transformations once they’re moved from a shelter to an actual home. 

Barrows told 22News, “We rescued an orange cat who was skin and bones and now he was about 23 pounds worth of kitty. I enjoyed rescuing, took him off the street and gave him a home.”

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