Help the Taylor County Humane Society clear the shelter

TAYLOR COUNTY—Are you looking to add to a furry companion to your family? Well you’re in luck. because the Taylor County Humane Society will be participating in a nationwide event this weekend to help some of their dogs find their forever homes.

Every year, shelters across the nation sign up to participate in the Clear the Shelters campaign and this year, the Taylor County Humane Society will be participating in the campaign.

The campaign is made possible through NBC and Telemundo owned stations. Through the partnership, they help hundreds of shelters across the country to host Clear the Shelters events.

The nationwide pet adoption drive will be held this Saturday, with the hope of finding loving homes for animals in need. More than 250,000 pets found their forever homes since 2015.

According to, more than 1,400 shelters and rescues have already registered to participate in this year’s campaign.

Brenda Gerkin, a volunteer at the shelter, shared that this is the first year that they have participated in the campaign, and they hope to find homes for their wonderful dogs at the shelter.

On Saturday, August 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., shelter volunteers will be on hand to introduce the public to their lovable dogs that are looking for their forever homes.

“We will have several applications available to fill out to apply to adopt one of our wonderful dogs,” commented Gerkin.

She voiced that all applicants must first be approved, and adopters will not be able to leave the shelter with a dog that day. 

“We love our dogs at the shelter and must ensure they are going to the right home,” Gerkin expressed. “We will have six to nine wonderful dogs available for adoption.”

She explained that they will interview potential adopters about their home situation and other pets they may own.

The adoption fee is $125, and that includes the spaying or neutering of the pet, all of their shots including rabies and a 4DX check that tests for lime disease and heart worms.

If you’re not looking to adopt, but still want to help out, Gerkin shared that the shelter is in need of volunteers to help with the daily care of the animals.

“If someone could come help one or two days a month, we would greatly appreciate it,” said Gerkin. “With only a few volunteers, it can be hard at times. If anyone would be able to help, please contact the shelter.”

She shared that work at the shelter starts at 9:00 a.m. and continues until they are finished, which is usually around noon.

The shelter is located at 182 Humane Society Dr, right off of Riverside Dr. For more information about the event or to volunteer, call the shelter at 304-265-4215.


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