Teamwork. It is often the key to success. In sports, games and business, people working as teams can get things done. This weekend, we will see a wonderful example of teamwork with one common goal — adoption.

We have been friends and directors of local animal shelters for years, and long ago we determined there is often more success working together than separately.

Animal shelters have a common goal — to care for, return or find new homes for the animals in our care. People who do the work in the shelters do it for the passion they have to help and provide a better life for so many. That includes animals and humans.

Along with staff, volunteers are an example of the best of the best, providing caring for the animals through sharing their time, including cleaning, socializing, fostering, sponsoring, assisting with adoptions and promoting the work of the shelters. The Galveston Island Humane Society has a wonderful volunteer team, and we are thankful for them every day.

The League City Animal Shelter is fortunate to also have a wonderful organization behind it, the Friends of the League City Animal Shelter headed up by Monica Millican. Last year, Monica developed Paws and Claws, an event to promote adoptions and invited countywide participation. Five groups did 80 adoptions in six hours. It was successful teamwork.

The second annual Paws and Claws Adopt-a-thon will be this weekend. Working to reach more people, the event has already expanded to two days, today and Sunday at the League City Civic Center and the Recreation Center.

The event will offer a microchip and rabies clinic for the public, 25 vendors, the Ring of Fire cookers offering barbecue, a bake sale, face painting and entertainment.

The adoption fees have been reduced by all seven participating organizations to $25, and all dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped, ready to go home.

We can make a difference in the lives of so many animals. Come out this weekend, tell your friends and share this on social media. This will be the biggest adoption event in Galveston County history, an example of what can happen when people that care come together for a common cause.

At a glance

WHAT: Paws and Claws Adopt-a-thon

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: League City Civic Center and the Recreation Center, 400 W. Walker

Caroline Dorsett-Pate is executive manager of the Galveston Island Humane Society, and Kim Schoolcraft is director of animal services for the city of League City.

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