Bring one home: Pet adoption fees waived to Clear the Shelters

Posted July 23, 2016 7:00 a.m. EDT
Updated July 23, 2016 8:38 a.m. EDT

Thousands of pets will find their people Saturday as NBC Universal, the Humane Society of the U.S., local NBC affiliate stations like WRAL-TV and local animal shelters team up to Clear the Shelters. The nationwide event, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., encourages animal adoption by offering potential pet parents the opportunity to bring home a furry friend without the adoption fee.

After the spring breeding season, animal shelters are typically crowded as summer days grow long. Budgets are stretched and space is at a premium.

Eight animal shelters – SPCA of Wake County, Wake County Animal Center, SAFE Haven for Cats, Orange County Animal Services, Moore County Animal Center, Durham Animal Protection Society, Edgecombe County Animal Shelter, Person County Animal Services have partnered with WRAL-TV to participate in Clear the Shelters.

Where to adopt

Each will tally adoptions throughout the day to be tracked in real-time and added to adoptions across the country. In 2015, Clear the Shelters found homes for almost 20,000 animals.

Follow #ClearTheShelters and #WRAL on Twitter and Facebook to see the smiling faces as families choose their new fur-ever friens. On Instagram, use #SHELfie to share a photo of you and your own shelter pet.