Free Adoptions for All Animals During Clear the Shelters Event

Aug. 8, 2017

News Highlights

  • Clear the Shelters event, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, Saturday, Aug. 19.
  • All adoption fees waived.

Cat available for adoption

During last year’s one-day Clear the Shelters adoption event, a grand total of 60 pets found their forever homes; the goal this year is to surpass that number and truly clear the shelter.

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter, the county’s only open-access municipal shelter, is participating in NBCUniversal’s third annual Clear the Shelters event on Saturday, Aug. 19, along with nearly 700 shelters across the country. Nationwide, more than 70,000 pets have been adopted as a result of the Clear the Shelters event, and the Fairfax County Animal Shelter is eager to surpass last year’s one-day adoption total of 60 pets.

“We are so excited to be a part of this huge nationwide event again this year. The promotion that NBC4 provides to help bring awareness to shelter pets and adoption is very valuable,” says Amanda Novotny, Communications and Outreach Manager of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. “During last year’s event the shelter was packed with adopters from the time we opened to the time we closed, and we’re hoping for a repeat this year. Our volunteers and staff are ready to match our amazing shelter pets with their forever families, and of course pose for photos in our hopefully-empty kennels once the day is done!”

During the one-day event, all adoption fees will be waived for all pets, regardless of age or species. The normal adoption process applies and more information can be found on the shelter’s website, where you can also see all available pets at the shelter.

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is the county’s only open-access municipal shelter, with an annual intake of nearly 5,000 animals. They take in stray animals in need, owner surrendered companion animals, and animals who have been seized or taken into custody by Animal Protection Police. Thanks to the compassionate staff, vibrant and active volunteer and foster programs, and innovative and progressive programs and policies, the live release rate has been over 90% since 2014.

For more information, call 703-830-1100 or visit the shelter online.


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