FCVC loves supporting those opportunities to bring animals out of shelters into loving homes. In advance of this months nationwide event, we wanted to tell you who is doing what to Clear the Shelters:

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From the Clear The Shelters 2020 page,

Animal shelters across the country are once again teaming up with NBC and Telemundo stations to find loving homes for pets in need with the Clear The Shelters pet adoption campaign.

NBC and Telemundo owned stations are teaming up with hundreds of shelters across the country to host Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive in August 2020 that helps find loving homes for animals in need. More than 411,000 pets have found their forever homes since 2015.

More than 1,400 shelters and rescues have participated in the past. This is how to register your organization in this year’s campaign.

How you can impact Clear the Shelters 2020
Americans looking for comfort during the lockdown have opened their homes to new pets and foster animals, but rescues are having a hard time meeting demand. State social distancing regulations have made it more difficult for rescues to bring in new animals, vet them and place them in foster homes or with permanent adopters. However, when the outbreak is over these rescues are going to need more help than ever.

From March 15 through the end of the month, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals saw more than 600 people complete online foster applications for its New York City and Los Angeles foster programs. New York City and Los Angeles have been hot spots for the Covid-19 outbreak and were among the first cities to implement restrictions on social gatherings.

Typically, around 200 applications will be submitted for fostering in the latter half of March, Matt Bershadker, ASPCA president and CEO, said. This year, the ASPCA saw a nearly 70% increase in animals going to foster care compared to the same period last year, he said.

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31 Days Of Rescue Dogs Campaign

The ASPCA during Clear the Shelters 2020 – “We’ve teamed up with Animal Planet to launch a #31DaysOfRescueDogs campaign to help homeless pets. Get started by following the easy instructions below!”

How it Works:

1. Tell your friends, family, coworkers, and social media followers that you are taking part in 31 Days of Rescue Dogs campaign.
2. Post one photo of your favorite rescue dog for 31 days on social media channels (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) using the hashtag #31DaysOfRescueDogs.
3. Encourage your friends to donate $1 a day in exchange for 31 days of adorable photos ($31 goes a long way for shelter dogs in need!). And, let them know that everyone who donates will get a dedicated 31 Days Of Rescue Dogs temporary tattoo!
4. Share your favorite photos for a chance to be featured on Animal Planet during the Pit Bulls and Parolees marathon.
5. The top three fundraisers will win prizes from the ASPCA and our great partner, Animal Planet.

Do you need to have a dog to participate? No! Photos of all dogs are welcome, whether they’re adopted, fostered, or even a dog in need of a home. Everyone is invited to participate and make a difference. Get started on your campaign for #31DaysOfRescueDogs today!

Social media shy? Don’t worry, there are plenty of other ways to fundraise for the ASPCA and help shelter dogs in need . Whether you hold an in-person event or a virtual fundraiser, Team ASPCA is here to help make sure that your 31 Days Of Rescue Dogs Campaign is as fun and successful as possible.

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Help all month long

Hill’s Charities – ‘This year has been unique, which is why we’re doing things a little different this time around. Clear the Shelters 2020 is a month-long event with several ways you can participate. Here’s how you can help.”

pet adoption iconAdopting a new pet –Ready for an at-home buddy? A WFH co-worker? Many shelters have changed their adoption policy as a way to keep their community safe. The best first step is to call ahead and schedule a visit.

pet fostering iconFoster –Not sure if you’re ready for the lifelong commitment? Fostering a dog or cat helps shelters save space while socializing a pet. Look out — you may get attached to your new friend! Luckily, there’s also pet adoption.

donate iconDonate – Clear the Shelters has partnered with GreaterGood.org to help you easily donate directly to the shelter of your choice, or to a larger pool of funds for shelters in the future. Either way, you can be sure your money is going where it can make a difference. Donate Here

volunteer iconVolunteer – Some of the simplest ways to help include making donations and signing up as a shelter volunteer.

There are a few different ways you can help.
DOG WALKER  – Socialize shelter dogs while helping them get fresh air and exercise every day. PHOTOGRAPHER – Take photos that truly show a pet’s personality and encourage their adoption. LAUNDRY – Shelters are always in need of clean  bedding, sheets, and towels. ANIMAL RESCUE – Rescue volunteers work to save pets displaced by crisis or natural disaster.

share iconCan’t share your home right now? Become a shelter advocate. – Sharing the love on social media can encourage others to participate or adopt.

What else can you do during Clear the Shelters 2020?

If you want to check out one of the 17,000 shelters in the USA that are part of the Adopt-a-Pet network, you can do so using with the widget on our site (you can find it on our home page, too):

Pet adoption and rescue powered by Adopt-a-Pet.com

It isn’t often you can adopt a pet with no adoption fees. If you have been thinking about adopting a dog, cat or other type of pet, check out this  special event all month long in August!

You might be interested in our related articles – Adopt A Cat (or Dog), Adopting & How it Works and Adopt A Pet Search

Attribution: Adopt a Pet.com, Clear the Shelters.com, Hills Charities, and ASPCA.org