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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

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. One of those was a dog named Odysseus, then 10 years old. The odds weren't necessarily in his favor: He was a senior dog and also a large one, at 73 pounds. But the German shepherd went home with his new humans that day and found his happily ever after.

"He is a fully integrated member of the family," one of his new pet parents, Tammy Garrett, told NBC Washington. "He loves affection and loves to snuggle at our feet. If he sees my husband and I hug, he immediately wiggles in between us so he can get some hugs too!"

Photos: DC-Area Pets Find Their Forever Homes During Clear the Shelters 2017

Millions more pets 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, searching for homes for dogs, cats, rabbits and even horses.

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We've listed them all below. You can also search on the interactive map above for the one closest to you.

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 Manassas Animal Shelter

Equine Rescue League

Fairfax County Animal Shelter

Fancy Cats Rescue Team

Frederick County Esther Boyd Animal Shelter

Fredericksburg SPCA

Forgotten Felines of Culpeper

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue

Humane Rescue Alliance (New York Avenue)

Humane Rescue Alliance (Oglethorpe Street)

Humane Society of Charles County

Humane Society of Harford County

Humane Society of Loudoun County

Humane Society of Warren County

Humane Society of Washington (Md.) County

Loudoun County Animal Services

Maryland SPCA

Paws for Seniors

Prince George's County Animal Management Division

Prince William County Animal Shelter

Prince William Humane Society


SPCA of Anne Arundel County

Spotsylvania Animal Shelter

Stafford County Animal Shelter

Tri-County Animal Shelter

Westmoreland County Animal Shelter

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