Mark Your Calendar for Clear the Shelters Adoption Drive 2019!

The dog days of summer are here, and as the temperature rises so are the spirits of shelters dogs and cats across the country as they get ready to find their forever someone to love during the annual Clear the Shelters campaign!

In partnership with NBC-owned TV stations and the Telemundo Station Group, on August 17, 2019 over 1,400 animal shelters across the U.S. and Puerto Rico will take part in the Clear the Shelters initiative, which features low-cost and fee-waived pet adoptions.

Celebrating its fifth year in 2019, every dog, cat, kitten, puppy or other companion animal adopted during Clear the Shelters will add to the 250,708 fur babies who have already found their forever family thanks to the annual adoption drive.

Kelly Clarkson Acts as Spokesperson for Clear the Shelters 2019

Soon to embark on a new venture as the host as a nationally-syndicated talk show,  Grammy Award-winner Kelly Clarkson will help those who cannot speak for themselves when she presents the half hour-long post-adoption event “Clear the Shelters” special. The show will be broadcast on NBC stations beginning August 23rd.

Discussing the upcoming program, which will shine a spotlight on some of the adopted dogs and cats who been waiting for “A Moment Like This,” the American Idol season one winner–and and coach on “The Voice” —  stated:

“I am a huge animal lover and can tell you from personal experience that when you open your heart and home to a rescue animal, your pet will thank you every single day of its life. It’s the most beautiful and purest form of unconditional love you can ever have. I’m so excited for people to discover this feeling when they find their perfect pet on August 17, and to tell all the amazing pet adoption stories from this year’s Clear The Shelter’s campaign.”

Other high-profile pals to those with paws have also been helping to spread the word about the August 17th pet adoption event, including the cast of The Secret Life of Pets 2– Eric Stonestreet, Lake Bell, Patton Oswalt and Bobby Moynihan:

 Last year’s spokesperson was Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actress Jane Lynch, pet parent to four rescue dogs (Pit Bull/Shepherd Millie, Australian Cattle Dog Arbuckle, and Cocker Spaniels Bernice and Rumi). Speaking about the event, the star stated: “Every pet deserves a loving human and nothing loves a human more than rescue pets!”

Last year’s adopted pets included  Bailey, a long-haired Chihuahua-mix puppy from Orange County, CA, who was adopted by a veteran and his family. In New Hampshire, Baby, a 15-year old senior cat was adopted after being a hospice resident at a Massachusetts shelter. One year later, Baby is off her medications and showers her new family with unconditional love. In Texas, Pepperjack, a yellow Lab, was adopted and renamed Jake after his family read about him in PEOPLE magazine’s special Clear The Shelters issue. Today, Jake is enjoying his new life.

How to Adopt on Clear the Shelters Day

Potential pet parents can find a participating shelter in their area on a Clear the Shelters’ online map. Simply click on the dots which indicate the location of a shelter that is taking part in the event to find out that facility’s address, phone number, hours of operation and website address.

As an added treat, you can also follow the number of pets who find homes on the day in real time thanks to a counter on the Clear the Shelters’ website.