On Saturday, Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Miami-Dade Animal Services will team up with NBC 6 South Florida/WTVJ and Telemundo 51/WSCV to host the stations' fifth annual Clear The Shelters pet adoption drive.
On this one day, Animal Services will waive all pet adoption fees to help local families adopt a pet. Adoptions include spay or neuter surgery, microchip, deworming, age-appropriate vaccines and a license tag for dogs. Free giveaways will also be available for adopters.
"It's a giant spotlight on shelters and all the support from NBC6 and Telemundo51 motivates the community to rally together and make a big impact in lowering the animal shelter population. Last year, a total of 213 animals moved out of the shelter with their new families during the event, which is three times more than the daily average," said Alex Muñoz, Animal Services Director. Nationally, more than 250,000 pets have been adopted through the stations' Clear The Shelters campaign.
Animal Services will host the event at two locations this year. In addition to the Pet Adoption and Protection Center in Doral, a local PetSmart store will also participate thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities.
- Primary location with 500+ dogs and cats - Pet Adoption and Protection Center, 3599 NW 79 Avenue, Doral. Note: the Shelter will also be open for walk-in services
- Secondary location with 50 shelter dogs and cats - PetSmart Palmetto Bay, 13621 S Dixie Highway, Miami
You are encouraged to come early, wear comfortable shoes and have fun interacting with all the dogs and cats.
Follow the effort on social media
A pet adoption tracker will be recording the number of pets adopted across participating markets. Visit ClearTheShelters.com (or DesocuparLosAlbergues.com in Spanish) for more information. Use hashtags #ClearTheShelters, #DesocuparLosAlbergues and #AdoptMiamiPets to post photos of your favorite pets on your social media networks. Also, follow the effort on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.