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Mega pet adoption event coming to Fort Worth

Cassie Lackey of the Humane Society of North Texas talks about a partnership with the city of Fort Worth that aims to find homes for at least 500 animals.
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Cassie Lackey of the Humane Society of North Texas talks about a partnership with the city of Fort Worth that aims to find homes for at least 500 animals.

Rockett, despite his name, is a calm fellow with a curious look.

The 1-year-old Shepherd and spaniel mix’s friend, Estrella, a 6-year-old pit bull, has a sweet disposition and is the Humane Society of North Texas’ longest resident.

The pair — if not adopted soon — will be among at least 500 animals looking for a home at the humane society and Fort Worth Animal Care and Control’s MEGA Adoption Event Dec. 8 and 9 at the Will Rogers Coliseum.

There will also be cats, like Grace, an 8-year-old ginger lady who likes to lounge, and Detra, less than a year old, a climber who’s eager for a handshake.

The big adoption event is the first time the humane society and the city of Fort Worth have partnered to help animals find homes.

“It’s going to be amazing,” said Cassie Lackey, a Humane Society spokeswoman. “We’re going to save so many lives.”

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. that Saturday and Sunday at least 500 adoptable dogs, cats and other small animals will be available in Cattle Barn No. 2 at the coliseum. Adoptions cost $10 and include a free vet visit and a 30-day trial of pet insurance. All animals will have updated vaccines and be spayed or neutered.

As animals are adopted, more will brought in from either the city shelter or the humane society. Shelters across North Texas have been at capacity for much of 2018, Fort Worth spokeswoman Diane Covey said.

“No fooling, our hope is to find homes for all of these pets,” Covey said.

Funding had been an obstacle for the organizations before, but this year a $25,000 donation from the Petco Foundation allowed them to staff the event while paying for the proper medical care for each animal, Covey said.

In fiscal year 2018, Fort Worth took in more than 14,000 animals. The city’s shelters can hold 600 to 650 while the humane society can house about 1,200 animals.

Fort Worth animal control, which handles enforcement of animal codes, has made an effort to keep animals from the shelters, Covey said.

In the last fiscal years just over 3,000 dogs and cats were returned home before going to the shelter, up from about 1,300 in 2014.

“It’s a huge effort to keep them out of the shelters,” Covey said.

Volunteers are are needed. More information can be found at the Fort Worth Animal Care and Control Facebook page or by emailing

The following week the humane society and Neiman Marcus Fort Worth will partner with the Saving Hope Foundation for an adoption event.

Things kickoff Wednesday, Dec. 12 with the release of “Hope and Friends,” a book from the Saving Hope Foundation, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Neiman Marcus at The Shops at Clearfork.

Other adoption events will be at the store, 5200 Monahans Avenue, from 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Dec. 13-15 and from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

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Luke Ranker covers the intersection of people and government focused on Fort Worth and Tarrant County. He came to Texas from the plains of Kansas, where he wrote about a lot, including government, crime and courts in Topeka. He survived a single winter in Pennsylvania as a breaking news reporter. He can be reached at 817-390-7747 or

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