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Posted on: August 11, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Clear the Shelters is Back!


Animal Services Facility teams up with NBC4 to host third annual pet adoption drive.

Largo, Maryland – Prince George’s County is teaming up with local television station NBC4 Washington (WRC-TV) to host Clear the Shelters – a pet adoption event encouraging those who are considering adding a pet to their family and home to adopt before they shop!

On Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 10 AM to 4 PM, at the Department of the Environment (DoE) Animal Services Facility, located in Upper Marlboro, will offer FREE* pet adoptions as part of the Clear the Shelters initiative. A wide variety of pets, including dogs, cats, fish, turtles, lizards, and even a duck, are available for adoption. Many of the pets waiting for adoption have been observed for behavior issues, are spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations and micro-chipped.

“We’re very excited to once again participate in this special event and work with NBC4 to Clear the Shelters. Our friendly and resourceful staff will be available the entire day providing guidance throughout the process to potential adopters. From selecting the best pet, to what to expect when your new pet arrives home and how to responsibly care for your pet to ensure a healthy and long life, our pet adoption counselors and volunteers are ready and willing to help,” said Rodney Taylor, Associate Director of the Animal Services Facility.  

For more information and to see pets available for adoption, visit To learn more about the Clear the Shelters nationwide pet adoption event, visit

WHAT: Clear the Shelters

WHEN: Saturday, August 19, 2017 | 10 AM to 4 PM

WHERE: Animal Services Facility | 3750 Brown Station Road, Upper Marlboro | (301) 780-7201

INFO: Visit or to learn more about Clear the Shelters, including the full list of local participating animal shelters. The Clear the Shelters initiative is a community-driven, nationwide pet adoption campaign that seeks to match deserving animals with loving and permanent homes. Since 2015, the Clear the Shelters pet adoption campaign has resulted in more than 70,000 pet adoptions nationwide.

SOCIAL: Follow DoE on Twitter (@PGCSprout), Instagram (PGCSprout) and Facebook (PGCDoE or and use hashtags #ClearTheShelters to follow the adoption efforts in real time.

*Prince George’s County residents adopting a pet are required to pay a $5.00 pet licensing fee.  

For more information, contact:
Lauren A. Kinard
Public Information Specialist, (301) 883-5957

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