BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Local animal shelters worked to find animals loving homes at Clear the Shelters on Saturday.

According to Companion Animal Alliance, they find that one in three pets go missing in their lifetime. The shelter took in more than 9,500 cats and dogs last year.

Adopting a pet can be a big commitment but several organizations in Baton Rouge know that struggle and want to help.

The rescue shelters that participated in this year’s Clear the Shelters include:

  • Cajun Tails
  • Cat Haven
  • Companion Animal Alliance
  • Friends of the Animals
  • Go Fideaux
  • K-9 Rouge Rescue
  • Pointe Coupee Animal Shelter
  • Rescue Alliance
  • West Feliciana Humane Society

Animal shelters across the nation teamed up with NBC and Telemundo stations to create the Clear The Shelters campaign in hopes of finding loving homes for pets in need.

Stephanie Thomas, who works with the Jefferson Animal Hospital, says that she and her team, “believe in the cause, and they need help. They need awareness”.

“We would love to get some of these pets, that are in need of homes, out of the shelters,” a crewmember from Camp Bow Wow said.

Some people who attended the event adopted both dogs and cats.

Lynda Provenzano adopted a dog named Beaux from K-9 Rouge Rescue.

“I decided to come here because I needed some companionship in my life. Somebody who’s always happy to see me,” Provenzano said.

Sophia, a dog from Companion Animal Alliance, is going home to Jaden Barden’s family.

“Do everything we got to do, We got to get her food, take her out for walks, everything,” Barden said. “Make sure we do everything right for her.”

Milo, an 8-month-old kitten from Cat Haven, found his new owner by just a simple connection.

“I saw one look at him, and I held him for a little bit, and we just bonded right then and there,” Matt Heard, Milo’s new owner, said.

Heard, who just moved to the area, said he needed a friend to help him along with his journey of calling Baton Rouge his new home.

Heard says he plans to “make sure he’s fed plenty, has enough water, and make sure I love him all the time”.

Gerry Lane Enterprise of Baton Rouge and Subaru of Baton Rouge said they are all about supporting the animals. 

Gerry Lane Enterprise donated food, toys, dog bowls, and other important items to help with pet needs.

“Right now there are so many animals that need homes, and we’re just trying to do our part and try to help find these animals a forever home,” Marketing Manager of Subaru Baton Rouge Kacie Melancon said.