Clear The Shelters returns for 8th year; Humane Fort Wayne and NBCUniversalLocal will team up


Throughout the month of August, Humane Fort Wayne and NBCUniversal Local will team up to promote pet adoption and animal welfare. This is the 8th year for the event that aims to encourage residents to adopt as many pets as they can from their area shelters. The point is to clear them out and to give animals a permanent. 

According to Humane Fort Wayne, since its start, Clear the Shelters has placed 700,000 pets with their forever families. In Fort Wayne, residents can come to Humane Fort Wayne Shelter on Aug. 27 during extended hours to meet the available dogs and cats. Participants can take their pet home the same day.

While Aug. 27 offers Fort Wayne and the rest of Allen County more time to interact with their potential forever pets, this is a monthlong and nationwide event. To help insure they get their desired animal, would-be adopters are encouraged to get pre-approved for adoption, as “priority will be given to pre-approved adopters” states Humane Fort Wayne. Applications and information can be obtained at the shelter’s website:

Clear the Shelters is also partnering with Greater Good Charities and The Animal Rescue Site. Those two organizations will manage the online donations. By covering transaction fees, and hosting the fundraising, the groups will make sure that the shelters receive 100 percent of donated funds. During August, the donations can be made at Another way to access the fundraising portal is by visiting

Interestingly, for the fourth year in a row, virtual pet adoptions will be available. For this feature, Clear The Shelters will partner with WeRescue. WeRescue is an app that allows users to look for available pets by features such as breed, gender, size, and other qualities. Adoption applications and questions for shelter representatives can also be submitted through WeRescue.

The importance of the event is that when domestic animals are in safe, loving homes, they thrive. When a community has a large number of strays, that population of pets is likely to suffer greater incidence of injuries and disease. When animals are adopted, they can offer the companionship that they are naturally willing to give. As a result, humans and pets both benefit from a mutually beneficial relationship.

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