On August 19th, 2017, NBC and Telemundo are teaming up with local shelters to help people and pets come together to find forever homes. For one day only, pet adoption fees will be waived or reduced, making it easier than ever to find the pet of your dreams.
Roberts and Roberts has a personal connection with Clear the Shelters. Here are their stories:
Anita & CHARITY
On August of 2001, seven puppies and their mother were dropped off at our home. We found homes for six of the puppies, as well as the mom, and kept one. We named her Charity. She is now doing well at the age of sixteen and enjoys running and playing with our grandchildren.
Riley & HOPE
We rescued her in November, 2012 from the middle of 5th Street by Brookshire’s with cars speeding passed all around her. We were afraid someone was going to hit her, so we opened our car door, expecting to have to catch her or herd her, but she just hopped in. We put up signs to make sure we weren’t stealing someone else’s dog, but no one ever claimed her. She was really skinny when we found her, so we were pretty sure she had been abandoned. And later we found out she had heartworms. But after a few months of treatment she was fattened up and heart-worm free!
She’s super quirky but pretty calm most of the time until she has these GIANT spurts of weird energy. She’ll run so hard she can’t turn well and if you get into her trajectory – she will knock you over. She’s tackled me, Kevin, and Tank our 75 pound bulldog.
She doesn’t like toys of any kind. She only likes face rubs. And she sleeps on her back with her mouth open. She’s super weird – but we love her.
Anita & SPUNKY
In July 2004 when I arrived at the office I heard a strange cry coming from the dumpster. Upon investigation, I found someone had dumped a litter of kittens. Due to the extreme heat, the majority of the litter had died except for the one on top. The dumpster lid was not completely closed and apparently, they had tried to force the lid. The kitten on top had damage to her mouth as a result of this effort. I immediately took her to the vet where they performed surgery to correct the injury. Spunky has been such a delight to our family. She loves to play and her favorite thing is drinking water directly from the faucet while I get ready for work each morning. Spunky is doing great at the age of thirteen.
Anita & HUNTER
In February 2009 on a very cold snowy day in East Texas Hunter was left in a ditch. He was a six-month-old pup with an injured leg. We picked him up and took him to the vet for surgery where he was also found to be heart worm positive. Hunter loves to have his photo made if you are outside and as shown on the left will pose for you. He loves to play and run on our ranch. Hunter is eight years old.
Ann, LOLA, & LITTLE KITTY
Lola – 10 years
Little Kitty – 9 years
I went to an auction about 10 years ago. Some people were at the entrance of the building trying to give away some puppies. Kaitlyn, my granddaughter was with me. She was about 12 at the time. All during the auction – about 3 hours – she stood outside at the window. Every time I looked back to check on her, she would hold up this cute little puppy and go PLEASE! At the end of the night the puppy, by then named Lola, went home with us.
Little Kitty chose my house. I came home from work one day and there was this skinny little half grown kitten in my driveway. So pushover that I am, I took it into the house and started feeding it. Nine years have passed and Little Kitty still chooses to live at my house. I think it has something to do with the regular feedings.
Anita & SNICKERS
About two miles from our home you will find one of the many bridges over Lake Tyler East. In late December 2011 while taking a walk on a beautiful evening we stopped to enjoy the sun set at the bridge. While standing there we heard a small puppy crying under the bridge at the water's edge. We carefully walked down to see what the problem was only to find a very cold puppy in distress. We took him the next day to the vet and found he was full of fleas and suffering from malnutrition. Snickers is now full of fun at five years old. His favorite thing is laying by you and riding on the console in the car.
Anita & BUSTER
While driving home from work in December 2011 I noticed a box moving on the side of our county road. After driving by, I decided to turn around and see what was in the box. Much to my dismay, I found a litter of puppies just left to die. I brought the box home and we bottled fed and nurtured them. Buster was the runt of the litter and weighed only 7 ounces when taken to the vet. After we bottle fed and cared for him for weeks, he kept him and named him Buster. We found homes for the other puppies once they were able to eat on their own. Buster enjoys playing with his bone and he will not go to bed without it. Buster is now five years old and of course, his mom is his favorite person of all.
Blane & SKY
Sky is an 11 year old black lab. We've had her for 10 years.
She is the best mannered and most gentle dog I've had. As all labs, she loves the water and loves to chase squirrels. One day we came home to find she had adopted a stray kitten that showed up at our house who is now her best buddy.
Anita & ABBY
Abby is our princess. She came to us in May of 2012 at ten months old. She is the only survivor in a two vehicle accident where she was rescued by those working the scene. Abby came to me as a foster baby who needed to be nurtured back to health. Abby enjoys traveling, playing with her toys, and being the center of attention. Abby enjoys the Texas Rangers and has participated in their Bark in the Park event two years. She has also participated in events held at Bergfield Park for pet rescue awareness. Abby travels in her stroller to events and works to make folks aware that a dog can be a companion for those who are in need. Abby is five years old and an asset to our family. She is the mother to all of the other babies in our household.
Anita & SMOKEY JOE
Smokey Joe is our latest rescue baby. We adopted him in July 2013. His mom was abandoned at my parents home in Campbell where she nested in their garage to have her kittens. Smokey Joe is four years old and a sweet little boy. He loves to play with his toy mouse and snuggle in your lap with his dog siblings.
When you arrive home in the evenings if you do not acknowledge him rather quickly, he will begin to talk and remind you he needs attention. He also must have a treat first thing every morning or he will begin the discussion of a reminder that you forgot.
Our family is blessed by the addition of each of these babies. The hours of enjoyment and the years we have had with them are irreplaceable. If you are in need of a companion, then we encourage you to take this opportunity on Saturday, August 19 to “Clear the Shelters” and start making your own memories. Most of all, please always make the decision to be a responsible pet owner. They will love you unconditionally as long as you give them the love and care they need.
Now it's your turn: make your own rescue story! Here are a few things to consider when making your decision:
Different shelters = Different Requirements for adopting
Rescues and Shelters will be open at similar times, but each will have their own protocols to follow. Some may require different applications; some may have a small waiting period. Most require a valid license. Ensure your current pets are up-to-date on all vaccinations, as this may also be an adoption requirement.
Check with your local shelter/rescue of choice beforehand to ensure you meet all requirements to be ready for August 19th! Below is a map of participating organizations.
What should I consider before adopting?
There are many things to consider when deciding to add your new best friend to your family! Cost, lifespan of the pet, your lifestyle, housing/landlord obstacles, and future plans are some of the most important.
Weigh the pros and cons of adopting a pet to make sure you are making the correct decision for you and your furbaby.
- Stress Relief
- Fun to Watch
- Good for Your Health
- Brings the Family Together
- Teaches Responsibility
- Sadness at Death
- Damage to Home
- Inconvenient for Travel
- Fleas and Ticks
I can’t adopt right now. Is there anything else I can do to help?
Rescues and Shelters always have needs that go beyond adoption! Although every shelter has its own set of priorities, almost all can benefit from volunteers and donations of money, food, treats, supplies, and adoption fees.
If you prefer to help in other ways, ask if you could provide transportation to new animals landing homes that aren’t just around the corner. Break out your crafting or sewing skills to make beds and toys for animals. Take pictures of new additions to shelters and spread the word on social media that they are looking for a new home.
Do you have a particular set of skills? Lend your accounting, design, or coding knowledge to your local shelter. Let them focus on the animals!
Roberts and Roberts has been standing up for our community time and time again. Here are more stories of what else Roberts and Roberts has been doing.
So join us on August 19th as we make a difference in the lives of our community again!