RHSPCA hosts "Clear the Shelters" event

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — If you have been looking for a "purrfect" companion, this weekend is your chance. This Saturday, the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA is hosting its first Clear the Shelters event.

RHSPCA said Charlie Brown has been with the shelter since February and is ready to find his forever home.

The shelter's goal is to get as many of their animals into forever homes, leaving every single kennel empty. During the event, all dogs and cats will have a $25 adoption fee.

Huck Nawaz, with the Rockingham Harrisonburg SPCA, said they have more than 90 adoptable pets that are microchipped, vaccinated, and dewormed ready to find their new family.

The SPCA said this event is held nationwide this time of the year because of an increase in the amount of animals they take in over the summer.

"We see a lot of cats and kittens, dogs as well, but especially cats and kittens come into our care in the summer months," Nawaz said. "So by having the Clear the Shelter event towards the end of summer, it's a time for us to clear the shelter out and find a home for a lot of these guys."

The shelter said Saturday is not just about adopting, but you can come in and still find the right fit pet for your family or sign up to foster.

This is the first year the RHSPCA has participated in Clear the Shelters, and Nawaz said it's all due to the community's tremendous support.

"We've had a lot of community support and a lot of effort put forth towards increasing our live release rate," Nawaz said. "This has helped us have the resources lined up that we needed to be able to participate in this year. "

The Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA says nationwide, more than 250,000 pets were adopted since 2015 during the annual Clear the Shelters events.