The dog days of summer are here, and as the temperature rises so are the spirits of shelters dogs and cats across the country as they get ready to find their forever someone to love during the annual Clear the Shelters campaign!
In partnership with NBC-owned TV stations and the Telemundo Station Group, from August 23 through September 19, 2021 currently over 1,000 animal shelters across the U.S. and Puerto Rico will take part in the Clear the Shelters initiative, which features low-cost and fee-waived pet adoptions.
Celebrating its 7th year in 2021, every dog, cat, kitten, puppy or other companion animal adopted during Clear the Shelters will add to the 551,000 fur babies who have already found their forever family thanks to the annual adoption drive.
“I am a huge animal lover and can tell you from personal experience that when you open your heart and home to a rescue animal, your pet will thank you every single day of its life. It’s the most beautiful and purest form of unconditional love you can ever have.”
Kelly Clarkson, previous Clear the Shelters spokesperson
How to Adopt During the Clear The Shelters Event
A virtual event in 2021, animal lovers can view possible new furry family members at home prior to making an appointment to meet adoptees at the shelter or rescue.
If you are unable to adopt, or simply want to help enrich the lives of dogs and cats in need, donations to a particular participating shelter or rescue can be sent to Clear the Shelters’ fundraising partner, Greater Good Charities, through ClearThesheltersFund.org.
Virtual Pet Adoptions
Virtual pet adoptions are also returning for the 2021 campaign through partner WeRescue.
The WeRescue app enabled users to locate adoptable pets in their area, submit their adoption applications, and ask questions directly to shelters. iHeartDogs, a previous Clear The Shelters partner, will again donate needed pet supplies to select shelters this year. Leading social media animal brand The Dodo will again serve as a media partner.
Potential pet parents can find a participating shelter in their area on a Clear the Shelters’ online map. Simply click on the dots which indicate the location of a shelter that is taking part in the event to find out that facility’s address, phone number, hours of operation and website address.
As an added treat, you can also follow the number of pets who find homes on the day in real time thanks to a counter on the Clear the Shelters’ website.
Sharing on Social Media
For more information on Clear The Shelters, including participating animal shelters and rescues, along with details on local events, visit ClearTheShelters.com and the Spanish-language site DesocuparlosAlbergues.com.
Follow the effort on Twitter @ClearTheShelter, and on social media using #ClearTheShelters and #DesocuparLosAlbergues.