National “Clear the Shelters” Dog & Cat Adoption Event

Finding Forever Homes This August!
By The Bark Editors, August 2019, Updated June 2021
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This month marks the nationwide pet adoption drive known as “Clear the Shelters” with more than a thousand animal shelters and rescue organizations participating in virtual events around the U.S. and Puerto Rico, all aiming to find loving homes for animals in need. Typically a one-day event, this year's month-long effort focuses on “Adopt & Donate” and will feature virtual pet adoptions and make it easy for people to donate online to participating shelters and rescues.

Launched nationally in 2015 by NBC and Telemundo owned television stations, annual event is becoming fixtures in their communities with more than 411,000 pets having found their forever homes since the first Clear the Shelters event.

Participating shelters will offer a host of special enticements, including reducing or waiving pet adoption fees to make it easier for families and individuals to adopt a pet.

“As communities all across the country continue to practice social distancing, this year’s Clear The Shelters campaign will allow individuals to find their perfect pet through virtual platforms. Our partners WeRescue and 24PetWatch have great web and online tools that make it easy to find a pet and navigate the pet adoption process with shelters,” said Valari Staab, president of NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. “If adopting a pet is not possible right now, our partners at have a great website where anyone can donate to shelters/rescues to help them continue their great work.  We are excited for our NBC and Telemundo stations to present another memorable Clear The Shelters campaign this August.”


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Local affiliate stations will offer their own coverage of events, providing media exposure to the plight of pets in need and spotlighting some of the day’s happy endings. All of the attention is greatly appreciated by the participating shelters and rescue organization who take part in Clear the Shelters.

Visit to access a list of participating shelters/rescues in your area. Whether you are searching for a dog or cat to adopt or simply enjoy cuddling a kitty or pup … stop by your local event and cheer on the festivities.

Photos: Clear the Shelters