NEW ROADS, La. (BRPROUD) — All month long we’ve been trying to help local rescues clear their shelters.

One way to see a tail wag at maximum speed is by connecting fur friends and people.

The Pointe Coupee Parish shelter is preparing for next weekend’s Clear the Shelters event.

“Our hope to have our community come out and help us is at the all time high right now,” said Pointe Coupee Animal Shelter Manager Stacey McKnight.

She said her mission is to find every pet a home.

“My goal is to see our pets leave and go into quality homes and get that family they’ve been waiting for all along,” she said.

McKnight said her team has been preparing their animals to go to Baton Rouge next week for our Clear the Shelters event at Companion Animal Alliance on Saturday, Aug. 27.

“We’ve been pulling out select animals to get them vetted and to get them ready. We make sure we have enough paperwork in order and make sure we have enough volunteers in order,” she said. “It’s a little crazy, but we’re super excited to be a part of it.”

The shelter said they can’t wait to see you at the event, but there are a few things to keep in mind when adopting beautiful pets like Charmaine.

“Be mindful of all the pets and all their needs. I think it’s really important for that potential adopter to really communicate with the shelter and see what the pet has been like there,” she said.

As a small rescue, they say their biggest objective is visibility.

“Our biggest goal is for people to realize where we’re at. Our building doesn’t really stick out, you know like we don’t have that big curb appeal. We’re not, you know, downtown. So we rely on everybody getting us and helping us to be located,” she said.

McKnight said this is one of their busiest times of the year and they want you to be part of the solution.

“You’re investing in a pet that’s taking up space in a shelter, and you’re creating relief for that shelter. Adoption truly is the one way to save a life,” she said.

The Pointe Coupee shelter says they are accepting donations of gently used blankets or chew toys. Click here to help.

Here’s how to participate in Clear The Shelters.