The Harrison County Animal Control Shelter in Corydon, Indiana, has been in operation for the past 13 years, through all of which barks and meows could be heard resonating around the building. But for the first time ever, the shelter is filled with silence — and people couldn’t be happier about the news.
That’s because every single animal there has found a forever home, leaving the shelter completely empty. Of course, it won’t stay that way for very long, but shelter workers are ecstatic about the vacancies.
“Such a wonderful month at our small Indiana county shelter!!!! We are now empty! Everyone got adopted,” the shelter wrote on Facebook on March 14. The post quickly went viral, garnering thousands of likes and shares. And as it turns out, netizens played a huge role in helping the shelter adopt out so many pets.
“We attribute our adoption success to the social media community,” shelter office manager Amber Brewer told The Dodo. The shelter regularly makes posts about animals available for adoption and lost pets, which their followers share, furthering their reach.
“Their posts on social media are instrumental in maximizing the visibility of every animal, from those available for adoption, to stray animals getting reunited with their families,” Brewer added. “They truly make a huge difference.”
So if you’re looking to help dogs and cats find loving homes but aren’t able to adopt, consider sharing shelter posts with friends and family. You never know — your posts may be the reason other shelters empty their kennels.