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Looking for a pet? You can rescue a dog or cat for $10 this weekend in Fort Worth

MEGA adoption event makes this a great weekend to add a dog or a cat to your home

More than 500 pets are being transferred to the Cattle Barn #2 at Will Rogers Memorial Center for a MEGA Adoption Event being held Saturday & Sunday where admission is free, and all adoptions are $10.
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More than 500 pets are being transferred to the Cattle Barn #2 at Will Rogers Memorial Center for a MEGA Adoption Event being held Saturday & Sunday where admission is free, and all adoptions are $10.

If you’re looking for a new pet, your chance to bring home a lovable dog or cat for $10 is this weekend.

For the first time, the Fort Worth Animal Care and Control and the Humane Society of North Texas have partnered in an effort to find at least 500 shelter animals a home. The MEGA Adoption Event will be this weekend at the Will Rogers Center.

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

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

As animals are adopted throughout the day, 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.

Funding had been an obstacle for the organizations in the past, but this year a $25,000 donation from the Petco Foundation helped pay for staffing and medical care.

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

More information can be found at the Fort Worth Animal Care and Control Facebook page, by emailing lydia.mckaye@fortworthtexas.gov or at https://hsnt.org/mega.

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

Things will kickoff Wednesday, Dec. 12, with the release of “Hope and Friends,” a book from the Saving Hope Foundation, at the event, which will be 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 Ave., at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 13-15 and 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 lranker@star-telegram.com.


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