Animal shelters across the country are teaming up with NBC and Telemundo stations to find loving homes for pets in need.
The third annual Clear the Shelters event, a nationwide pet adoption initiative, will be held Aug. 19, 2017. More than 53,000 pets were adopted during last year's event.
Hundreds of shelters in 20 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico will waive or discount fees as part of the one-day adoption drive. Use the map above to find a participating shelter or animal rescue near you.
Finding a Shelter:
Each blue dot represents a participating shelter. There are two ways to search for your nearest shelters: by city name or by navigating the map.
To search by city name, click on the magnifying glass icon on the bottom left corner of the map and type in the name of your city and state (City, State). The map will zoom in to your region and show you the nearest participating shelters. Not all NBC stations are participating in Clear the Shelters and the nearest shelter could be several hundred miles away or in a neighboring state. If no shelters appear on the map in your region when you search for your city, click on the minus sign icon, found on the bottom left-hand corner of the map, to zoom out and broaden the search area. You may have to click the zoom out icon several times before the nearest shelter appears on the map.
To find a shelter by navigating the map, use the plus sign and minus sign icons in the lower left-hand corner of the map to zoom in and out. You can zoom in by clicking on the plus sign and zoom out by clicking on the minus sign. Click and drag the map to navigate. In cities where several shelters are participating in the event, the blue dots may appear clumped together from afar and difficult to select. Click the plus sign to zoom in until the dots are spaced out and easier to navigate.
Click on the dot for more information about the shelter, including website (*where applicable), address and phone number. Contact the shelter directly to learn more about what types of pets are available for adoption and learn more about what discounts they will offer on Aug. 19.