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Posted on: July 29, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Annual Clear the Shelter Event Goes Virtual, Month-Long for 2020

Photo of dog and cat cuddling with "Forever Homes Needed" headline, Clear the Shelters logo.

Clear the Shelters, the national pet adoption annual campaign that normally takes place on a single day every August, has been extended with various specials lasting through the entire month of August at the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter!

Each year this campaign aims to find safe homes for as many pets as possible. Local animal shelters team up with local partners, including NBC and Telemundo affiliates, to highlight the joy and service of bringing a pet into a forever home.

This year has been a unique one in many ways, including how shelters accept, adopt and foster pets.

“The restrictions from COVID paired with the economic downturn resulting in many pet owners surrendering for economic reasons have been huge concerns for animal shelters across the nation,” said Jeanne Saadi, Animal Services Manager. “We’ve worked with our local and national partners to innovate this year’s campaign in an attempt to overcome some of these recent challenges.”

The schedule of events is listed below:

Aug. 1-8: All cats FREE

Aug. 9-15: All dogs, aged three years and older, FREE

Aug. 16-22: Adopt pets currently in foster FREE

Aug. 23-28: All shelter pets FREE

Aug. 29: Pawjama Party – Adoption appointments scheduled all day and night, starting at 12 p.m. (noon) on Saturday, Aug. 29 and running through 8 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30. All adoptions will be free. Staff and volunteers will join the fun by wearing pajamas and guests are invited to do the same. The Shelter is seeking donations from local restaurants for free Pawjama Party snacks for our guests and all adopters will receive gifts and coupons for their new pets.

Visit the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter website to learn more about all of the wonderful pets needing homes. To keep up with the latest information about the Clear the Shelters event, follow the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter on Facebook.

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