Portsmouth Humane Society strives to be a no-kill shelter

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The Portsmouth Humane Society is the only animal shelter in the city of Portsmouth and its goal for 2018 is to be considered no-kill.

There are more than 33,000 animals in Hampton Roads looking for forever homes. This summer, 10 On Your Side is working with local shelters to help those animals get adopted. It’s part of a nationwide initiative called Clear the Shelters.

“We’re always growing and trying to become a better organization and voice of the animals for which we serve,” said Mandy McCluskey, Portsmouth Humane Society Outreach Coordinator.

With lots of people moving in and around the Hampton Roads area, so do the pets. As the only shelter in Portsmouth, the humane society sees a lot of them.

“We’ll need to continue to have the community support,” said McCluskey.

This year, they’re focused on a specific goal: be labeled no-kill. McCluskey said, “To be a no-kill shelter, the save percentage has to be 90 percent or higher.”

Since January, the shelter has been operating at a 91 percent save rate. That means they only euthanize in extreme cases. However, to maintain that rate, they need people to adopt.

“Animal shelters are not just somewhere you can take your animal to surrendered,” McCluskey said. “There also a great place to meet your forever best friend; they’re a great resource for information.”

That’s why they’re offering 50 percent off all adoptions during Clear the Shelters — hoping you’ll stop by and maybe find your new pet.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to know that you have taken this animal from a sad situation of not knowing where they’re going spend the rest of their days, to taking them home and letting them explore for the first time,” said McCluskey.

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