Boy, 11, finds new best friend at Clear the Shelters

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Saturday was the pur-fect day to find a new furry best friend as NBC and shelters across the country set out to Clear the Shelters.

Eight shelters in central Ohio partnered with NBC4 for the annual Clear the Shelters event with many of them offering discounted adoption fees or waiving them all together.

Here in Franklin County, the shelter had 86 dogs up for adoption, and a line of people ready to find their new pet. Among them were 11-year-old Cougan and his mother Hayley Wade. The pair had scouted the dogs at the shelter yesterday and came back this morning.

“We saw a dog that we really liked last night, and well obviously we wanted to get him at a lower price because it’ll just be easier,” Cougan said.

Cougan and his mom went home with Scooter.

“I’m so excited,” Cougan said. “This is actually really cool. I mean, I’ve never had a dog of my own. It’s only been my parents’ dog, but now I have a new responsibility to take care of.”

 Cougan said the first thing he will do with Scooter today is play in the yard.

According to the Franklin County Dog Shelter, approximately 35 dogs found their forever home today, but there are dozens more still in need of good homes.

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