Cutest Paw-rty at SXSW: Clear the Shelters Puppy Lounge

Clear the Shelters

It’s a paw-ty at the Comcast NBC Universal House at South by Southwest, where festival-goers looking for a break from the SXSW-madness are getting to spend time with puppies available for adoption — and raise awareness for a nation-wide pet adoption campaign.

To celebrate NBC and Telemundo stations’ fifth annual #CleartheShelters pet adoption campaign, the stations are teaming up with Michelson Found Animals Foundation, a leading animal welfare non-profit organization, to present the first ever Fund the Shelters Campaign.

Fund the Shelters will allow people to donate funds to participating animal shelters and rescue organizations. Shelter/rescues can raise funds to support their day-to-day operations and to offset reduced or waived adoption fees they may offer during Clear the Shelters Day 2019. Participating organizations will compete for a chance to win some of $200,000 in additional prize money.

Click here to donate to Fund the Shelters.

The 2019 Clear the Shelters event, an annual pet adoption event where shelters across the country reduce or raise adoption fees, will be held on Aug. 17. In 2018, 102,686 animals were adopted as part of the Clear the Shelters campaign, and 256,337 have been adopted since the event launched in 2015.

The stations are celebrating Clear the Shelters and kicking off Fund the Shelters at the Clear the Shelters Puppy Loung at SXSW, presented by Xfinity and Illumination’s “The Secret Life of Pets 2” at the Comcast NBC Universal House.

Check out some of the adorable puppies at SXSW that are looking for their fur-ever homes:

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) - Thousands of pets are looking for their forever homes and News Channel 8 is On Your Side helping to make that happen in the Tampa Bay area.

We are teaming up with hundreds of shelters across the country to host Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive on Saturday, August 17, 2019, to help find loving homes for animals in need.

More than 150,000 pets found their forever homes since 2015.

Now is the time for shelters to register by completing the online application located here. Organizations interested in participating in Clear the Shelters must complete the Commitment Registration form to ensure proper verification of all interested participants.

When registering, please make sure you select the TAMPA-ST.PETERSBURG-SARASOTA, FL region. This will put your shelter on our CLEAR THE SHELTERS online map, driving families to your shelter. 

Here are the local shelters that are offering no-cost or reduced-fee adoptions for this event:

  1. Citrus County Animal Services - 4030 S. Airport Rd, Inverness
  2. Humane Society of Polk County - 3195 Dundee Road Winter, Haven
  3. Barking Out Loud Rescue, Inc - 300 N Lake Drive, Lorida
  4. Paw Warriors, Inc. - 355 Spring Time Street, Spring Hill
  5. SPCA Florida - 5850 Brannen Rd S, Lakeland
  6. Friends of Strays Animal Shelter - 2911 47th Avenue North, St. Petersburg
  7. Pinellas County Animal Services - 12450 Ulmerton Road, Largo
  8. SPCA of Hernando County - 9075 Grant St, Brooksville
  9. Humane Society of Tampa Bay - 3607 N Armenia Avenue, Tampa
  10. SPCA Tampa Bay - 9099 130th Ave North, Largo
  11. Highlands County Sheriffs Animal Services - 7300 Haywood Taylor Blvd, Sebring
  12. St. Francis Animal Rescue - 1925 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice
  13. FLUFF Animal Rescue - 11220 Park Blvd N, Seminole
  14. Manatee County Animal Services: Palmetto Shelter - 305 25th St W, Palmetto
  15. Manatee County Cat Town - 216 6th Ave E, Bradenton
  16. Pasco County Animal Services - 19640 Dogpatch Lane, Land O'Lakes
  17. St. Francis Society, Inc. - Pet Smart - 12835 Citrus Plaza Dr, Tampa
  18. The Humane Society of the Nature Coast - 7200 Mobley Road, Brooksville
  19. Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center - 440 N. Falkenburg Road, Tampa
  20. Humane Society of Manatee County - 2515 14th Street W, Bradenton
  21. Save Our Strays Inc. Safety Harbor, FL - 3223 San Jose Street, Clearwater
  22. Polk County Sheriff's Office Animal Control Section - 7115 De Castro Rd, Winter Haven
  23. Hernando County Animal Services - 19450 Oliver St., Brooksville
  24. Bishop Animal Shelter SPCA of Manatee County, FL - 5718 21st Ave W, Bradenton

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