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'Clear the Shelters' animal adoption drive Aug. 17

Posted: 11:39 AM, Aug 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-17 19:16:49-04
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Everyone deserves a best friend. "Clear The Shelters" is back on Aug. 17. Join WPTV for this nation-wide pet adoption event. Locally last year, more than 153 pets were adopted thanks to the kindness of the WPTV viewers and the efforts of area shelters. Nationally, more than 100,000 animals found their forever homes.

Every year, millions of companion animals end up in shelters. And while shelter adoption rates have been steadily rising since 2011, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, about 1.5 million animals — 860,000 cats and about 670,000 dogs — are euthanized each year due to overcrowding.

PHOTOS: See fun pet pics from the 2018 "Clear the Shelters" event

The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. And, by adopting a shelter animal, you actually save two lives.

"Every single pet that is adopted frees shelter staff up to work with and prepare the next pet for potential adoption," said Kenny Lamberti, director of strategic engagement and companion animals for the Humane Society.

Last year, more than 80,000 pets were adopted from over 900 shelters across the country.

“When you adopt a rescue animal, not only are you saving an animal .... but you’re also saving the next dog or cat that will be able to have space at one of the local shelters,” said Rich Anderson, the executive director and CEO of the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League.

So, if you’re thinking about taking home a new furry friend, consider heading to a local animal shelter to adopt during Clear the Shelters on Aug. 17, when hundreds of shelters will waive or discount fees as part of the one-day adoption drive.

Find a shelter near you by clicking here .

Shelter NameAddressCityPhoneHours
Animal Rescue Force of South Florida Inc.510 Linton Ave.Delray Beach561-586-212610 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Furry Friends Adoption Clinic and Ranch401 Maplewood DR STE 8Jupiter 561-747-5311 ext 211 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Humane Society of the Treasure Coast4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave.Palm City772-223-882210 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County6230 77th St.Vero Beach, FL772-388-333110 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Operation Catsnip of the Treasure Coast Inc.6590 20th StreetVero Beach, FL772-562-2234Noon to 4 p.m.
Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control7100 Belvedere RoadWest Palm Beach561-233-120010 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League3200 N. Military TrailWest Palm Beach561-686-366310 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Petsmart (Peggy Adams)300 N. Congress AvenueLake Park561-844-883010 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Petsmart (A Second Chance Puppies and Kittens Rescue)Royal Palm Beach 531N State Rd 7Royal Palm Beach561-333-110010:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
RU4me Pet Rescue Inc.335 N. Congress AveBoynton Beach 561-251-279010 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Save A Pet Florida Inc.901 W. Indiantown RoadJupiter561-835-952510 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Save A Pet Florida Inc.1875 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. #A09West Palm Beach561-835-952510:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Second Chance Animal Shelters8890 NW Glades Cut Off RoadPort St. Lucie772-672-818910 a.m. to 4 p.m.