Forty-eight lucky pets from the Ardmore Animal Care, 22 dogs and 26 cats total, found new homes during the nationwide Clear the Shelters pet adoption push Saturday.
Animals were up for adoption for $10 or $20. Executive director Jeannine Jackson, who has led the shelter for about six years, said this was the third year the shelter participated in the annual event, which always falls on August 19.
“We opened at 10 a.m. and they were waiting at the doors,” Jackson said. “We started with about 54 dogs and 26 cats this morning.”
By noon, she said they’d handled about 30 adoptions. The shelter can house 64 dogs and about 25 cats, with some room for overflow. She said the shelter is at its most crowded in spring and summer.
“Of course, you can never really tell,” she said. “Sometimes it’s every month. There’s a lot of animals in this area, plus the outlying communities outside of Ardmore. We’re the biggest shelter in this area and even the smaller shelters use us to bring animals in when they’re full.”
Jackson said for a smaller shelter like Ardmore’s, a no-kill policy simply isn’t an option because the shelter doesn’t turn new strays away.
“If we have room, we do our best to get them adopted and find them a home,” Jackson said. “As long as they’re healthy and not vicious, we don’t have a time frame on how long they can be here.”
Volunteers Luciana McCallister, who was dog-walking during the event, said she thinks people shy away from adoption because of the commitment required.
“You need to think about the time you need to dedicate yourself to that animal,” McCallister said. “Even if you have a big backyard, you can’t just put it out there. You’re not doing yourself any favors, you’re not doing the animal any favors.”
She also said she felt larger dogs have a harder time getting adopted.
“Naturally they take up more space and people get nervous if they have little ones, but sometimes you just need to take them out of the kennel, take them for a walk and get to know them,” McCallister said.
 Jayden Furr adopted a German Shepherd and Husky mix Saturday. Originally, she hadn’t planned on going for a larger dog.
“She’s just so soft and fluffy and that’s what I wanted,” Furr said. “I couldn’t help it. We’ve had dogs already, so I’m used to bigger dogs.”
Furr said she hadn’t picked out a name for the puppy yet, but had considered naming her “Maverick.” It wouldn’t be a first. She said when she was younger, she had a large male dog she’d insisted on naming “Princess.”
Nationwide, Clear the Shelters reported more than 53,000 adoptions Saturday.