Employees at County Animal Services were up with the chickens for Clear the Shelters Day Saturday but by day’s end, it was all worth it. See the final tally and a gallery of adopted pets.
Nearly one thousand visitors showed up, and employees spent the day directing people into lines, handing out applications, conducting dozens of meetings between animals and potential adopters, completing paperwork and taking photos of happy families. Not to mention the regular care and feeding of the animals. Phew!
Director Dan DeSousa knows it's a lot of work and he waxed poetic in a thank you note to his employees:
Twas Clear the Shelters Day in San Diego, and all through the land
People were lining up at dawn, ready to sit or to stand
In Bonita it started at 5:45 am in the dark
When the first adopters arrived and did park
Their plan they had finally
To add a dog to their family
They knew the dog that they wanted
And the wait left them undaunted
The shelter staff were all busy early that day
Posting signs directing people to every which way
The animals were in their shelters getting ready for the day
Hoping that their forever family would soon walk their way
The adopters were ready, they had scouted out their pet
And they even knew some would have to be seen by a vet
When 9:30 arrived, our doors opened wide
To let all of the wonderful people come running inside
The adopters stood in line after line
Understanding that this would all take time
They came looking for Spot, for Tiger, and Chance
And when they found their future pet, they all started to dance
Some paperwork here, some paperwork there
It did not matter as their hearts were full of love to share
The time would come when their name we did call
And the pet would soon be interacting with them all
Happy barks, delighted purrs and even a meow or two
Meant all of these animals had found their new “you know who”
Someone who saw the lines and was not scared
Someone who really, really cared
A new family member to love, a new pet to dote on
Come on new mom and dad, let’s get a move on!
For our visitors we counted nine hundred and ninety three
Throughout the day, 155 interactions did handle we
Out the doors the new families went
Knowing today had been well spent
For in their own special way
They had helped with Clear the Shelters Day!
At the start of the day of rabbits we had two
And they both got adopted so we say Woo Hoo!
We had Bruiser and Dora, a bonded pair
Combined they have no teeth but they did not care
Their last owner had passed and they ended up here
But their new owner filled them both with cheer
They came in together and we committed to adopting them as one
And in the middle of the day, we could mark that adoption as done
But what about our darling China Rose?
The chunky cat that could not see her toes
Last year it was Chanka who did not get adopted
Would China Rose be the one that nobody wanted
While we had shaved off most of her fur
From ten feet away you can still hear her purr
If she was not adopted, KNSD had invited her to the station
To allow us to say “Hey Public, You Forgot One!”
As the day came to a close and we were all really tired
A couple walked it and it was China Rose they desired!
Thank you to Dagmar, Guad, Heather and whole KNSD crew
And even David Hernandez of the Union Tribune showed up too!
At the end of the day our adoptions stood at seventy three
For that you have the most sincere appreciation from me
There was so much hard work from our great staff and volunteers
But the hardest part came when our favorite animal was adopted and we tried to fight back the tears
Rest assured that they were definitely tears of happiness
And one of the main reasons we are all in this “business”
To find them all homes be it a dog, cat, and sometimes even an emu
To all of our staff, volunteers and adopters, we truly say “Thank You”!!