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Interactive Map: Find Animal Shelters Waiving Adoption Fees This Saturday

NBC Owned Television Stations and Telemundo are teaming up Aug. 18 to host annual Clear the Shelters event

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    Interactive Map: Find Animal Shelters Waiving Adoption Fees This Saturday


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

    The fourth annual Clear the Shelters event, a nationwide pet adoption initiative, will be held Aug. 18. Hundreds of shelters — including locations in D.C., Maryland and Virginia — will waive or reduce fees as part of the one-day adoption drive.

    The goal is to #ClearTheShelters by finding forever homes for as many animals as possible. More than 61,000 pets were adopted during last year's event, including more than 1,300 in the D.C. area.

    Scenes From #CleartheShelters Day 2017Scenes From #CleartheShelters Day 2017

    Millions more remain homeless. Every year, 6.5 million animals end up in shelters nationwide — and only 3.2 million are adopted, according to the ASPCA.

    But the number of dogs and cats going into shelters each year has declined in recent years.

    The number being euthanized has also declined, and the ASPCA attributes the decline in part to an increase in the percentage of animals being adopted and an increase in the number of strays being returned to their humans.

    Dozens of local shelters will take part this year in Clear the Shelters. We've listed them all below, or search on the interactive map above for the one closest to you. More locations may be added as the event gets closer.

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    (Published Friday, Aug. 3, 2018)

    Participating Shelters:

    Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

    Animal Welfare League of Arlington

    Animal Welfare Society of Howard County, Inc.

    Anne Arundel County Animal Control

    Baltimore County Animal Services

    Baltimore Humane Society

    BARCS Animal Shelter

    Baywater Animal Rescue

    Billy the Kidden Rescue

    Chesapeake Feline Association

    Cecil County Aninal Shelter

    City of Greenbelt Animal Shelter

    City of Manassas Animal Shelter

    Fairfax County Animal Shelter

    Fancy Cats Rescue Team

    Frederick County Esther Boyd Animal Shelter

    Fredericksburg SPCA

    Forgotten Felines of Culpepper

    Homeward Trails Animal Rescue

    Humane Rescue Alliance (New York Avenue)

    Humane Rescue Alliance (Oglethorpe Street)

    Humane Society of Calvert County

    Humane Society of Charles County

    Humane Society of Harford County

    Humane Society of Loudon County

    Humane Society of Warren County

    Humane Society of Washington County

    Loudoun County Animal Services

    Maryland SPCA

    Paws for Seniors

    Prince Georges County Animal Management Division

    Prince William County Animal Shelter

    Prince William Humane Society

    SPCA of Anne Arundel County

    SPCA Winchester Frederick Clarke Adoption Center

    Spotsylvania Animal Shelter

    Stafford County Animal Shelters

    Tri-County Animal Shelter

    Westmoreland County Animal Shelter

    'I've Never Seen That!': Pooch Up for Adoption Says 'Hello''I've Never Seen That!': Pooch Up for Adoption Says 'Hello'

    An animal care center in Arizona says all of its dogs up for adoption are special, but Drew is particularly unique. This adorable bandanna-wearing pooch actually says hello (or that's what it sounds like). As one woman is heard saying in the video, "Oh my goodness, a dog that says hello, I've never seen that." (Credit: Maricopa County Animal Care & Control)

    (Published Friday, June 22, 2018)