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Posted on: August 21, 2023

[ARCHIVED] REMINDER: Santa Rosa County Animal Services Joins NBCUniversal Local's ‘Clear the Shelters’

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Santa Rosa County Animal Services (SRCAS) has joined NBCUniversal Local’s 2023 Clear The Shelters pet adoption and donation campaign from Aug. 1 to 31. Adoption fees at SRCAS will be waived on Fri., Aug. 25, and Sat., Aug. 26. View adoptable pets online at

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

"We emptied our shelter completely in 2020 and would love to do that again, that's why we are participating in every adoption event that we can," said Randy Lambert, SRCAS Chief. "We are hoping the community takes advantage of the waived fees and finds a new furry family member."

SRCAS has been at or above capacity for the entirety of 2023, this national trend of overcrowded shelters has been an ongoing issue. Partnerships with organizations, like NBCUniversal Local, to provide reduced or waived adoption fees can help shelters find more forever homes for the community's most vulnerable animals. Consider adopting pets from the local shelter.

The 2023 Clear The Shelters will again feature online donations through Greater Good Charities, a global nonprofit and longtime campaign partner, which will host the fundraising campaign, 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% goes directly to the shelter or rescue of their choice. Online donations can be made to SRCAS during the campaign here. Starting Mon., Aug. 21 at 8 a.m., Hill’s Pet Nutrition will be matching donations dollar for dollar up to $10,000! Once the 10K is met, the match is over. The $10,000 fund is the total pool for that day for all shelters, so make sure to donate as close to 8 a.m. as possible. The match will be applied dollar-for-dollar until it is out.


For more on Clear The Shelters, including participating animal shelters and rescues, along with details on local events, visit and the Spanish-language site

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About Clear The Shelters

Clear The Shelters™ / Desocupar Los Albergues® is an annual, nationwide pet adoption campaign that is spearheaded by NBCUniversal Local, a division of NBCUniversal. Every year, NBCUniversal Local’s NBC and Telemundo-owned stations, plus affiliated stations, partner with animal shelters and rescues in their communities to promote pet adoption and raise needed funds. NBCUniversal Local’s Clear The Shelters campaign was inspired by a 2014 North Texas pet adoption event hosted by NBC 5 / KXAS and Telemundo 39 / KXTX and dozens of area shelters that resulted in the most adopted pets in one day for North Texas. Since 2015, the Clear The Shelters pet adoption campaign has resulted in more than 860,000 pet adoptions. Visit and for more information.  

About Santa Rosa Animal Services

Santa Rosa County Animal Services' mission is to build a society in which every animal is treated with compassion; we provide humane shelter and care for the approximately 3,500 lost, displaced and victimized animals who enter our doors every year. Our services protect animals and educate the community through outreach, intervention, and enforcement. 


We are dedicated to providing a positive outcome for all of the animals in our care. Since 2019, we have changed our approach to animal sheltering to better serve our community and pets. Through this transformation, our shelter has earned no-kill shelter status and is continuing to promote positive change. Learn more about SRCAS online at

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