How to Register Your Organization for Clear the Shelters

Clear the Shelters

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

The fifth annual Clear the Shelters event, a nationwide pet adoption initiative, will be held Aug. 17, 2019. 

Organizations interested in participating in Clear the Shelters 2019 must complete the Commitment Registration form here. This form is required to ensure proper verification of all interested participants.

Inspired by a 2014 North Texas pet adoption effort led by our Dallas NBC and Telemundo stations, NBC and Telemundo-owned stations, along with dozens of affiliates nationwide, decided to step up to the plate to help their local animal shelters and communities “Clear the Shelters” every summer.

Clear the Shelters was expanded nationally in 2015. Over 18,000 adoptions were recorded by some 400 participating shelters and rescues from coast to coast. The event took another big leap in participation in 2016, when roughly 700 shelters and rescues participated and over 50,000 animals were adopted. And last year’s highly successful effort resulted in over 100,000 animals from more than 1,200 shelters in the U.S. and Puerto Rico finding new homes.

The support our local stations received from participating animal shelters and rescues, who gave families the opportunity to adopt an animal in need by offering low-cost or no-fee adoptions, or waiving pet spaying and neutering fees, helped make Clear the Shelters overwhelmingly successful. More than 250,000 pets have found their fur-ever homes since 2015.

We would love to work with your organization to make this year’s Clear the Shelters event a resounding success as we seek to help address the overcrowding issues that local animal shelters typically experience in the summer months because of spring litters.

This year, NBC and Telemundo stations are teaming up with the Michelson Found Animals Foundation, a leading animal welfare non-profit organization, to offer shelters and rescues an opportunity to raise money through the first-ever Fund the Shelters Challenge.

Michelson Found Animals will award a total of $200,000 in prize money to organizations that participate in the challenge. The funds will help shelters and rescues offset the cost of offering reduced or waived waived fees during Clear the Shelters and to support their day-to-day operations. 

The Fund the Shelters Challenge kicks off on April 9. To learn more about the challenge, click here. 

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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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