‘Reverse Trick-Or-Treating’ brings treats for the dogs by goblins and superheroes

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At the Iredell County Animal Services, the dogs and cats got to celebrate Halloween as young ghosts, goblins and superheroes entered the shelter bringing treats for the animals. No tricks from humans mind you – that is except for “sit, stay” or maybe a high five from a furry paw.

The children in the area were able to celebrate the fun event at the shelter bringing a lot of happy barks and purrs to the dogs and cats. Of course, parents of the Trick or Treaters were welcome, and about 75 children visited the Statesville, North Carolina shelter to hand out treats.

Shelter volunteers had stocked the dog and cat treats in candy bags all ready for the children to hand them out.

According to StatesvilleNews, the event was a huge success. It is hoped the visit by the children and their parents will encourage new volunteers and even result in more adoptions. For many of the people who attended, it was their first visit to the shelter.

“We talked to people today a lot about our rabies clinics, which are the second Tuesday of every month. We’re hoping to maybe instill an interest in somebody that possibly would want to come and volunteer or foster. We didn’t want to decorate because we wanted them to see the shelter as it is; we wanted them to be the decoration.”

Tracy Dixon, foster and volunteer coordinator and public outreach coordinator for the Iredell County Animal Services

The shelter has 38 animals out for foster — two dogs and the rest are cats or kittens. In the summer, the amount of foster homes more than doubles. Since August, the shelter has also had a “weekend getaway” program in which dogs get to go for the weekend to a home to get into a different environment.

Check this weekend for Clear the Shelter:

CLEAR THE SHELTER- all fees waived. Here are the pups that are waiting to be adopted, do you see your new fur baby here??

Video of the most adorable and adoptable pets:


If interested in filling out an application to be a volunteer or foster, visit https://www.co.iredell.nc.us/158/Volunteer-Information.

For more information on adoptable pets currently at the shelter, visit https://www.co.iredell.nc.us/152/Adoptions.

Great job volunteers and kids!

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