UPDATE: NBC4 and Telemundo 52 were live at several shelters throughout the day on August 19, 2017 with thousands of people lined up across five counties eager to adopt. Clear the Shelters 2017 resulted in more than 10,100 adoptions to-date in Southern California and counting.
Thanks to last year’s success with more than 8,200 animals adopted, NBC4 Southern California and Telemundo 52 Los Angeles Clear the Shelters adoption drive is back for a third year on Saturday, August 19 at participating shelters throughout Southern California.
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More than 60 local shelters and rescue organizations are part of the effort, reducing adoption fees to $20 on August 19. You'll find our shelters map here.
Clear the Shelters raises awareness about the benefits of pet adoption and aims to reduce the animal overpopulation at local shelters. During the month-long campaign, the stations will cover news stories to spotlight the issue, including the importance of spaying/neutering, the benefits of micro-chipping, and helping families find the right pet for their homes.
The campaign culminates on Saturday when the stations broadcast live on NBC4's Today in LA at 7 a.m. at shelters throughout the Southland and continue coverage all day. Newscasters will be present at several shelters to celebrate with families and their new pets. The evening newscasts will recap the day with success stories and highlights. Additionally, local sponsor VCA Animal Hospitals will be at the shelters to provide each person adopting a free first exam and Healthy Start Certificate at VCA Animal Hospitals.
The broader community is encouraged to begin posting photos of their pets on all social media platforms and share why they love them using #LoveMyPet and #ClearTheShelters.