The National Adoption Event takes place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County hopes to place more than 100 animals into new homes when it sponsors its annual Clear the Shelters animal adoption on Aug. 27 beginning at 10 a.m.

Along with hundreds of animal rescue organizations and shelters across the country, The Humane Society of Vero Beach will waive all adoption fees for dogs, cats and all other adoptable animals in their care. .

Adoptions include neutering, up-to-date, age-appropriate vaccines, microchip, take-home starter bag, cardboard carrier (for cats), and collar and leash for dogs.

Since 2015, Clear the Shelters Day has helped more than 250,000 pets across the United States and Puerto Rico find their forever homes, according to HSVB CEO Kate Meghji.

A puppy available for adoption on Clear the Shelters Day on August 27, 2022 at the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County.

“We are thrilled to once again partner with NBC and Telemundo for the annual Clear the Shelters animal adoption event,” Meghji said. “When it started the day was a new way to see how many animals we can get adopted in a day. But now it’s become almost magical. I swear sometimes there’s pixie dust in the air. People are so excited to be part of the adoption event.

NBCUniversal’s Clear The Shelters campaign was inspired by a 2014 North Texas pet adoption event hosted by NBC 5/KXAS and Telemundo 39/KXTX and dozens of area shelters that culminated to the most adopted pets in a day for North Texas.

At the 2019 event, the Humane Society of Vero Beach placed 109 animals in new homes, second only to the Miami Humane Society in South Florida. People lined up early in the morning to meet the animals available for adoption, Meghji said.

“Clear the Shelters is a wonderful way for us to connect with more families in our community,” Meghji said. “We want to see every animal in our shelter into a loving home by the end of the day.”

Clean the shelters

When: Saturday, August 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County, 6230 77th St. The Humane Society will be closed on Friday, August 26 in preparation for this event.

Display : Animals available for adoption can be viewed at and on the shelter’s social media pages this week.

More information: Contact the Humane Society at 772-388-3331 or visit the website at

Follow: Follow the national efforts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtags #ClearTheShelters, #LoveMyPet or in Spanish, #DesocuparLosAlbergues and #AmoAMiMascota.

Janet Begley is a local freelance writer for If you like articles like this and other TCPalm coverage of Treasure Coast news, please support our journalism and subscribe.

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