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Clearing the shelter

APA joins Aug. 1-31 ‘Clear the Shelter’s pet adoption; adopt a kitten, cat or large dog for $20


ACTion Programs for Animals (APA) has joined NBCUniversal Local’s 2023 Clear the Shelters pet adoption and donation campaign, Tuesday, Aug. 1-Thursday, Aug. 31.

This is the ninth consecutive year NBC- and Telemundo-owned stations are partnering with affiliate stations and animal shelters and rescues to promote pet adoption and raise funds for animal welfare, APA said in a news release. Since its inception in 2015, Clear the Shelters has helped more than 860,000 pets find new homes.

Clear the Shelters was inspired by a 2014 north Texas pet adoption event that resulted in the most adopted pets in one day ever in the northern part of Texas, the news release said.

“We are honored to be included again this year for the Clear the Shelters adoption and donation drive,” said APA Executive Director Michel Meunier. “We appreciate NBCUniversal and all its local affiliate stations for their support. In honor of this effort, we will offer all animals (except small dogs) for the low adoption fee of $20 throughout the month of August.”

The 2023 Clear the Shelters will again feature online donations through Greater Good Charities, a global nonprofit and longtime campaign partner, APA said. The nonprofit will host the fundraising campaign, which was built courtesy of Fundraise Up, an online donation platform that helps nonprofits grow revenue. Donors have the option to cover transaction fees with their donation so that 100 percent goes directly to the shelter or rescue of their choice. Online donations can be made during the campaign at ClearTheSheltersFund.org.

Virtual pet adoptions are also returning for the fifth consecutive campaign through the WeRescue app, which enables users to browse adoptable pets in their area by breed, gender, size and other factors, submit their adoption applications and ask questions directly to shelters through the app, APA said.

Since May 2012, the nonprofit APA has rescued more than 5,800 animals.

For more information, call or text 575-644-0505 and email mail@apalascruces.org.

Visit www.apalascruces.org, cleartheshelters.com and desocuparlosalbergues.com (in Spanish). Follow Clear the Shelters on social media on Twitter @ClearTheShelter, Instagram at cleartheshelters and hashtags #ClearTheShelters and #DesocuparLosAlbergues.