Organizations work to ‘Empty the Shelters’

YOUNGSTOWN, (WKBN) — Twenty rescue shelters, pounds and humane societies throughout the Mahoning Valley teamed up Saturday for a massive adoption push.

Called “Empty the Shelters Day,” the event was organized by Jason Cooke, former president of the Humane Society.

Cooke said similar events were held in Arizona and Texas and that’s where he got the idea.

In addition to finding new homes for the animals, Cooke said the day is also about awareness.

“I guess my goal in the end is that we don’t have to have days like this and we have responsible pet ownership,” said Jason Cooke, organizer.

According to Cooke, responsible ownership begins with people getting the pets spayed and neutered.

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