Thanks to last year’s success with more than 8,200 animals adopted, NBC4 Southern California and Telemundo 52 Los Angeles Clear the Shelters adoption drive is back for a third year on Saturday, August 19 at participating shelters throughout Southern California.

More than 60 local shelters and rescue organizations are part of the effort, reducing adoption fees to $20 on August 19. You can find them here.

Clear the Shelters raises awareness about the benefits of pet adoption and aims to reduce the animal overpopulation at local shelters. During the month-long campaign, the stations will cover news stories to spotlight the issue, including the importance of spaying/neutering, the benefits of micro-chipping, and helping families find the right pet for their homes.

The campaign culminates on August 19 when the stations broadcast live on NBC4’s Today in LA at 7 a.m. at shelters throughout the Southland and continue coverage all day. Newscasters will be present at several shelters to celebrate with families and their new pets. The evening newscasts will recap the day with success stories and highlights. Additionally, local sponsor VCA Animal Hospitals will be at the shelters to provide each person adopting a free first exam and Healthy Start Certificate at VCA Animal Hospitals.

NBC4 will also host pre-events the weekend prior at the following locations where dozens of cats and dogs will be available to take home the same day:

  • The Grove: Saturday, August 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (at The Park)