Five stories that have North Texas talking: D-FW shelters participating in national adoption event; UNT picks NASA administrator to lead system; dinner in Denton with a view; and more.
Dozens of North Texas animal shelters are waiving adoption fees Saturday as part of a nationwide effort to help pets find permanent homes.
Nearly 700 shelters are participating in the one-day adoption event, which actually started in North Texas, according to NBC 5. Three years ago, Corey Price of Irving Animal Services came to the station and Telemundo’s Dallas affiliate with her idea to get every animal in every participating shelter adopted.
NBC and Telemundo stations across the country now team up with hundreds of local shelters to help host annual Clear the Shelters events. More than 73,000 pets have found homes since 2015.
The Humane Society of North Texas is one of nearly 70 local shelters participating Saturday. Last year, the organization, which operates six adoption centers, had the most adoptions — 465 — of any Texas-based animal shelter that participated, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Sandy Shelby, director of major gifts and public relations for the humane society, says the organization hopes to beat its 2016 record and have at least 500 of its more than 600 animals currently available adopted on Saturday.
Here’s a map of participating shelters. [NBC 5, Fort Worth Star-Telegram]
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- Thousands of activists are planning to rally against white supremacy Saturday evening near the Confederate War Memorial in downtown Dallas. The protest is scheduled from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Pioneer Park. [The Dallas Morning News]
- Lesa Roe, a top administrator at NASA, has been selected to lead the University of North Texas System. She’s set to become the system’s third chancellor and the first woman to ever hold the position. Chancellor Lee Jackson announced his retirement in March. [KERA News]
- When the Dallas Cowboys take the field next month, they'll be without one their best players. The NFL suspended 22-year-old running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games after a yearlong domestic violence investigation. The NFL’s taking this case seriously. [KERA News]
- A new restaurant in Denton will have a killer view of the square. Take a look. [GuideLive]
Photo credit: Richard W. Rodriguez, Fort Worth Star-Telegram