National Events Working to “Clear the Shelters”

A dog in a shelter. Photo: Kay Whatley.
A dog in a shelter. Photo: Kay Whatley.

The nationwide push to “Clear the Shelters” — aimed at getting shelter animals into homes — is July 23, 2016. Many shelters are waiving adoption fees on this special date.

Animal shelters across the United States are partnering with NBC-owned TV stations and the Telemundo Station Group. This is the second-annual Clear the Shelters initiative. An online search tool at is designed to help potential adopters locate a shelter near them.

In Eastern North Carolina, the SPCA of Wake County is teaming up with WRAL-TV, the Humane Society of the US, and other local animal shelters to take part in Clear the Shelters. Pets may be adopted with normal shelter fees waived for the day. Shelter hours at some locations may be extended. Participating NC shelters include:

  • Durham Animal Protection Society
  • Edgecombe County Animal Shelter
  • Moore County Animal Center
  • Orange County Animal Services
  • Person County Animal Services
  • SAFE Haven for Cats
  • SPCA of Wake County
  • Wake County Animal Center

Note that some North Carolina shelters have higher euthanasia rates than others.  To help clear the shelters where pets are more likely to be “put down,” check out this recent article on euthanasia rates for cats and dogs in North Carolina.

Those who adopt, or volunteer with shelters, are asked to use the hashtag #ClearTheShelters on social media. Doing so may help spread awareness of the event, and encourage those eager to adopt to visit a local shelter.

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