#CleartheShelters: Fee-Free Adoptions at a Shelter Near You

Animal shelters across the country are teaming up with NBC and Telemundo stations to find loving homes for pets in need.

The third annual Clear the Shelters event, a nationwide pet adoption initiative, will be held Aug. 19, 2017. Hundreds of shelters in 20 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico will waive or discount fees as part of the one-day adoption drive.

NBC10 Bill Henley expects a nice day for the animal Clear the Shelters adoption event Saturday.

(Published Friday, Aug. 18, 2017)

The goal is to #ClearTheShelters by finding 'furever' homes for as many animals as possible. Over 53,000 pets were adopted during last year’s event, but millions more remain homeless. Every year, 7.6 million animals end up in shelters nationwide — and only 2.7 million are adopted, according to the ASPCA.

Dozens of local shelters will take part this year in Clear the Shelters. Refer to the interactive map above to identify a participating shelter near you.

Prefer a list? Check it out below:


Berks County

- The Humane League of Berks Co.

Bucks County

- Cat Tales Inc. - Loving Spirit Hamster Rescue - Wet Nose Rescue - Women's Humane Society

Chester County

- Brandywine Valley SPCA - Noah's Ark Rescue Project and Sanctuary - Tails of the Free

Delaware County

- Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals - Providence Animal Center

Lancaster County

- The Humane League of Lancaster Co.

Lehigh County

- Lehigh Co. Humane Society

Montgomery County

- ACCT Everyday Adoption Center - City of Elderly Love - Kitty Cottage Adoption Center - Montgomery Co SPCA - Mostly Muttz Rescue - Pawsibilities Animal Rescue - Salfid Rescue

Northampton County

- The Center For Animal Health and Welfare

Philadelphia County

- ACCT - City Kitties - Morris Animal Refuge - PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) - PSPCA - Get Your Pet

Susquehanna County

- True Friends Animal Welfare Center

New Jersey Atlantic County

- Atlantic Co. Animal Shelter

Burlington County

- Burlingon County Animal Shelter - Randall's Rescue

Camden County

- Animal Welfare Assoc (AWA) - Camden County Animal Shelter - Voorhees Animal Orphanage

Cape May County

- Cape May Co Animal Shelter & Adoption Center

Gloucester County

- Gloucester Co Animal Shelter

Mercer County

- EASEL/Ewing Animal Shelter - Hamilton Twnshp

Ocean County

- Southern Ocean Co Animal Facility - Manahawkin - Northern Ocean Co Animal Facility - Jackson

Salem County

- Salem Co Humane Society

Somerset County

- Hunterdon Somerset Animal Rescue Center

Sussex County

- Brandywinve Valley SPCA

Delaware New Castle County

- Brandywine Valley SPCA - Delaware Humane Association - Faithful Friends Animal Society