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NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 Team Up to Clear the Shelters

Adopt & Donate from Aug. 23 to Sept. 19, 2021

NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 are teaming up with Bay Area animal shelters and rescue organizations to find animals forever homes during the month-long "Adopt & Donate" effort from Aug. 23 to Sept. 19, 2021.

To help individuals and communities continue to practice safe social distancing measures, this year's month-long “Adopt & Donate” initiative will feature virtual and in-person pet adoptions and make it easy for people to donate online to participating shelters and rescues.

Organizations interested in participating in Clear the Shelters should complete the online registration form here. This form is required to ensure your organization is verified and appears on the interactive map of participating shelters. There is no deadline to register.

The adoption process has changed since the start of the pandemic and is different for each organization. Shelters and rescues encourage you to call ahead, make an appointment, and fill out any adoption paperwork that needs to be completed before arriving to the shelter.

More than 40 Bay Area shelters and rescues are registered to participate and registration remains open until Sept. 19. Enter your zip code in the interactive map below to find a shelter or rescue near you.


ONLINE: You can donate online to a participating shelter or rescue by visiting the Greater Good Charities donation site during the Clear the Shelters campaign Aug. 23-Sept. 19.

IN PERSON: Bark-and-Meow Around the Block adoption event at Berkeley Humane (2700 Ninth Street, Berkeley CA) on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 50 animals will be available for adoption at the in-person event, including a mobile adoption van and vaccination clinic. Adoptions are in-person, outdoors, and first-come, first served, so plan to arrive early! Meet some of the animals that will be available for adoption below:

Photos: NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 Team Up to Clear the Shelters

This is the seventh consecutive year that NBC and Telemundo owned stations have spearheaded the pet adoption initiative to communities nationwide. Since 2015, NBC and Telemundo owned stations’ Clear The Shelters campaign has helped more than half a million pets find permanent homes.

Check out some highlights below!

All month long, NBC Bay Area is partnering with local animal shelters to help find forever-homes for pets. Ian Cull profiles a state-of-the-art, new shelter in the South Bay which employees say is the best facility in the nation.
Asian Pacific America: Dr. Wailani Sung is an animal behavior specialist at San Francisco SPCA sharing tips and things to consider as first-time adopters welcome a shelter pet into their home during Clear the Shelters.

Warriors' player adopts a pair of kittens at San Francisco Animal Care and Control:

Ever wonder what a big-time Warriors' player is doing when he's not dribbling down the court? He’s cuddling kittens! James Wiseman popped over to San Francisco Animal Care and Control Tuesday afternoon and adopted two kittens.

Adoptions at Humane Society Silicon Valley:

Asian Pacific America: NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 are teaming up with Bay Area animal shelters for Clear the Shelters, a pet adoption drive from Aug. 23- Sept. 19 that helps find homes for animals in need.
NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 are teaming up for the annual Clear the Shelters event, held virtually this year due to the pandemic. Jackie Ward reports.
All this month, NBC Bay Area and our partners at Telemundo 48 are working to clear the shelters. During the pandemic, local shelters are getting creative to help people find their perfect pets.
Neel Fulton and his teammates on the Track & Field team at Palo Alto High School thought of a fun and safe way to raise funds and awareness for Clear the Shelters and Pets In Need.
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