Looking for a new best friend? If so, then this Saturday is the perfect opportunity to help rescue one! On August 15th, hundreds of animal rescues across the country have agreed to waive the cost of adoption in order to help “Clear the Shelters”. With literally tens of thousands of dogs and cats living in our nations rescue facilities, the need to find them a much deserved “forever home” is a constant uphill battle. However, this newly formed intiative provides the perfect opportunity to find these loving cats and dogs a warm home, food to eat, water to drink and people to love!

Image credit NBC10

Image Credit: NBC10

The Clear the Shelters movement was created and launched by NBC owned stations in an effort to drastically reduce the number of animals currently placed in shelters. In the Philadelphia region, local stations NBC-10 and Telemundo62 have collaborated with close to 30 local shelters, all of whom have agreed to cut adoption fees (spay/neuter fees). Other shelter fees may apply.

“When you adopt an animal from a shelter, you save a life,” said Ric Harris, president and general manager of NBC10 and Telemundo62. “Many people don’t realize that there are so many loving and adoptable animals in shelters and rescue groups throughout our region. NBC10 and Telemundo62 are proud take part in this national effort to find loving homes for pets, while also shedding light on the importance of shelter adoption.”
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Sadly, less than 25% of pet owners choose to find their new dog or cat through the adoption process. That number has increased over the past few years thanks to an increasing level of public awareness, but it still leaves a lot of work for us to do! The goal of this event is to help give these animals a second chance at life. Whether they were abandoned, neglected, abused or mistreated, they all deserve to live life outside of a cage, even more so because of it! Even if you’re not in the market for a new best friend, just helping spread the word on this one day event will help these animals exponentially!
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The “Clear the Shelters” message can already be seen and heard throughout social media, especially on Instagram. To be part of the movement, post a photo of you and your dog to Instagram and use the custom hashtag, #CleartheShelters. You can also find more information on the heart warming initiative by clicking here. Please check out the list below to find a participating shelter near you! Event times may vary depending on the shelter, so it’s recommended to call the facility closest to you prior to visiting on Saturday, August 15th. The dogs look forward to seeing you!!!  

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“Riley”, MH Mascot & Rescue Dog!


Berks County

Animal Rescue League of Berks County
58 Kennel Road, Birdsboro, PA 19508

Bucks County

Animal Lifeline
1111 Easton Rd (Route 611), Warrington, PA 18976

Chester County

Chester County SPCA
1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester, PA 19380

To Love a Canine Rescue, Inc.
249 Planebrook Road, Malvern PA 19355

Delaware County

Delaware County SPCA
555 Sandy Bank Rd, Media, PA 19063

Montgomery County

Montgomery County SPCA – Perkiomenville Branch
1059 Sweisford Rd, Perkiomenville, PA 18074

Northampton County

The Center for Animal Health & Welfare
1165 Island Park Rd, Easton, PA 18042

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Animal Care & Control Team (ACCT) of Philadelphia
111 W Hunting Park Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19140

Pennsylvania SPCA – Erie Avenue
350 E Erie Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19134

Pennsylvania SPCA – Fishtown Center
1546 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) – Northeast Adoption Center
1810 Grant Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19115

Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) – Old City Adoption Center
100 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106



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