Clear the Shelters! Adoption Fees Waived on August 18!


Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA), 4101 Eisenhower Avenue, will waive adoption fees for dogs, cats, rabbits, mice and all other adoptable animals, on Saturday, August 18, along with other shelters all across the country.

‘Clear the Shelters’ has become one of the AWLA’s biggest and most-attended events over the past several years, adding to the total of more than 150,000 animals adopted nationwide.

“Clear the Shelters puts a spotlight on animal adoptions. It reminds the public that their local shelter could have the new family member they have been looking for,” said AWLA Executive Director Megan Webb.

“It is a great way for us to connect with even more families across the community.”

In 2017, nearly 70 animals were adopted as part of the AWLA’s Clear the Shelters event, including cats, dogs, ferrets and even a bearded dragon, and in 2018, the AWLA hopes to once again find homes for dozens of animals in need.

Please note that all standard adoption policies and procedures still apply during this event. Even if local animal lovers are not able to adopt on Aug. 18, they can still be part of shelter-clearing action by making a pledge to “Clear It Forward.”

While adoption fees are waived as part of this nationwide event, the AWLA’s care and treatment of each animal has associated costs, and by “Clearing It Forward,” participants can help defray the waived adoption fees for the animals, and help even more after the event.

Donors can pledge an amount based on the number of animals adopted or contribute a fixed amount to help the AWLA continue to support animals across the region.

More information can be found at, and a live record of all animals adopted as part of Clear the Shelters can be found on on Aug. 18.

The AWLA will also be hosting a bake sale and a yard sale in conjunction with Clear the Shelters. Donated pet supplies will be available at a discount for new pet owners, and all proceeds will benefit the AWLA.

Child-friendly activities will also be available to help entertain the youngest guests as they wait to meet their new family members.

For more information about Clear the Shelters, visit You can also follow the national efforts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by using the hashtags #ClearTheShelters and #LoveMyPet. To access information in Spanish, please visit and follow #DesocuparLosAlbergues and #AmoAMiMascota.

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