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Clear the Shelters is August 18

The Humane Society of Washington County (HSWC) will once again join NBC4 to host NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear the Shelters. This nationwide pet adoption drive will be held at HSWC on Saturday, August 18 from 10 am to 6 pm. During this event the adoption fees will be waived for every adoptable animal in the shelter.

“Oftentimes the adoption fee acts as a barrier for people hoping to adopt an animal, but this doesn’t mean that they are not willing or able to financially care for that pet,” said Kimberley Intino, President/CEO. “In fact, research shows no correlation between the love and commitment people feel toward their pets and the amount of money they pay to obtain them. We are proud to participate in this event that removes a barrier and connects animals with loving families.”

Since 2015, Clear the Shelters has resulted in more than 150,000 pet adoptions nationwide.

Available animals will be spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and up-to-date on worm and flea preventatives prior to being placed up for adoption. HSWC also provides adopters with a complimentary health visit at a participating veterinarian, as well as an option for 30 days of free health insurance for their new family member. These services are valued at more than $450.

The standard adoption counseling process remains the same during waived fee promotions. Adopters must present a valid driver’s license or state-issued ID. Dog license fees must be paid at the time of adoption. HSWC's retail store will have collars, leashes, carriers, bowls, toys and more for adopters to purchase before heading home with their new family member.

Interested adopters are encouraged to visit the shelter’s website for more information on available animals prior to the day of the event. Visit www.hswcmd.org/adopt/adoption-gallery and click on an animal’s photo to learn about personality and his or her ideal home.

Bella’s Bites Food Truck will be onsite from 9 am - 11 am with food and drinks available for purchase.

In order to prepare for this exciting day, HSWC will close to the public at 3:00 pm on Friday, August 17. During Clear the Shelters, Nap Time remains in effect, and the dog and cat adoption floors will be closed from 12 – 1 pm.