The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : WHS/WARL Teams Up with NBC4 to Host Second Annual Pet Adoption Drive: Clear the Shelters – July 23

Monday, July 11, 2016

WHS/WARL Teams Up with NBC4 to Host Second Annual Pet Adoption Drive: Clear the Shelters – July 23

Washington, DC - The Washington Humane SocietyWashington Animal Rescue League today announced that it has teamed up with NBC4 to host NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear the Shelters second annual nationwide pet adoption drive. WHS-WARL will offer the public fee-waived adoptions on Saturday, July 23, as part of the nationwide Clear the Shelters initiative that seeks to find new homes for homeless pets.  All pets available for adoption at WHS-WARL have been spayed/neutered.

“Clear the Shelters was a great success last year and it was a terrific partnership between NBC4 and shelters from across our region,” said Lisa LaFontaine, President and CEO of WHS-WARL.   “We sent 151 animals to new homes last year and we hope be even more successful this year.”

This year’s Clear the Shelters event comes after last year’s highly successful inaugural effort, which resulted in nearly 20,000 pets finding new homes through an unprecedented partnership between the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations and hundreds of animal shelters located all across the country and in Puerto Rico. The nationwide day of action literally emptied dozens of animal shelters across the country and inspired local communities to take action and open their homes to animals in need.

WHAT:           Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League to participate as an official Clear the Shelters partner alongside NBC4. WHS-WARL will offer fee-waived adoptions.

WHEN:           Saturday, July 23 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

WHERE:         Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League’s two Adoption Centers:

Washington Animal Rescue League
71 Oglethorpe St., NW                       
Washington, DC 20011

Washington Humane Society
1201 New York Ave., NE      
Washington, DC  20002

Available animals can be seen at or  Viewers can visit to access more information about Clear the Shelters, including the full list of local participating animal shelters

A real-time pet “Adoption Tracker” – posted on – will record the total number of pets that are adopted across all participating markets

Use the hashtag #ClearTheShelters to follow the effort on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Clear the Shelters themed Snapchat filters will be activated on July 23. Spanish-language viewers can use the hashtag #DesocuparLosAlbergues

For more information, click on the links below:
Help NBC4 #ClearTheShelters Today!
Clear the Shelters: Give a Pet a Loving Home

About Washington Animal Rescue League/Washington Humane Society (WARL/WHS)

The Washington Humane Society -Washington Animal Rescue League combined organization cares for more than 60,000 animals annually. The broad range of programs offered include: rescue and adoption, humane law enforcement, low-cost veterinary services, animal care & control, behavior and training, spay-neuter services, humane education, and many others.  Operating four animal-care facilities in Washington, D.C., the organization occupies a significant footprint in the District, and serves as a resource to current pet guardians and prospective adopters across the region. 


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