Fees waived on pet adoptions at Pasadena Humane during ‘Clear The Shelters’ event


Make Misty’s holiday and gift her with a forever home. This sleek kitty is available for adoption from the Pasadena Humane Society.

This month, animal shelters across the country are offering promotions to find loving homes for pets as part of the annual  ”Clear The Shelters” pet adoption and donation campaign.

The promotion was inspired by a 2014 adoption event in north Texas hosted by NBC and Telemundo affiliates, along with dozens of area shelters, that resulted in the most adopted pets in one day for north Texas.

Reporter at event

NBC California Live correspondent Laila Muhammad snuggles an adoptable dog at the 2021 Pasadena Humane’s ‘Clear the Shelters’ adoption event.

In 2015, the success of that first collaborative effort inspired NBCUniversal Local, in partnership with animal shelters and rescues throughout the nation, to launch the annual “Clear The Shelters” campaign, through which more than 700,000 pets have found new homes.

At Pasadena Humane, we are excited to have an NBC4 “Clear The Shelters” adoption event sponsored by Subaru this Saturday, Aug. 20.

Some people have asked me how this event is different from other free adoption events Pasadena Humane has hosted this summer. All our free adoption events have been sponsored by generous donors. We anticipate that the August event, like events in June and July, will result in many animals finding loving homes.

What is unique about the “Clear The Shelters” event is that it is part of a larger national effort to bring awareness to the needs of shelter pets during what is typically the busiest time of year for shelters. Plus, it’s a partnership with a well-respected news media station that has significant reach, thanks to the power of its airwaves and its notable legacy of community involvement in Southern California and Pasadena, in particular.

Our shelter is full of amazing dogs and lots of kittens in need of loving homes. We welcome first-time adopters, as well as those looking to add another friend to their family. In July, our fee-waived event resulted in 79 pet adoptions in one day. We hope to exceed that number this month.

Adoption event

NBC4 anchor and reporter Michelle Valles reported live in 2021 from Pasadena Humane’s ‘Clear the Shelters’ adoption event. She’s pictured here (right) with Pasadena Humane staff member Jamie Holeman (left), volunteer Tom Ratanavaraha (center), and an adoptable dog.

It’s amazing to see the joy our free adoption days bring to so many families, as well as the staff and volunteers at Pasadena Humane. Nothing makes us happier than seeing animals leaving the shelter and heading to loving homes.

That’s why our staff members and volunteers work so hard as a team to pull off these events. Many volunteers have been recruited and trained to assist in helping adopters find a pet that is a good match. We absolutely could not execute these events without our dedicated volunteers.

A tremendous amount of effort goes into preparation for the big day. Our medical team has been hard at work performing surgeries so that animals can go home spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated.

Our adoption and information technology teams have worked to streamline adoption procedures and set up additional laptop stations to expedite the adoption process. Our communications team has been hard at work promoting the event.

Most importantly, our animal care team, including our volunteers who help in the shelter or foster in their homes, have been providing loving care every day to the lost, orphaned, abandoned, abused and neglected animals who come to us in need of shelter, protection and healing. Thanks to them, these pets are ready for a new lease on life.

Ready to help an animal in need and meet your next best friend? Research “Clear The Shelters” events at shelters throughout Southern California and stop by Pasadena Humane’s adoption event, sponsored by Subaru, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on August 20. Adoption fees will be waived for all available dogs, cats and critters.

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A shelter dog found his loving home in 2021 at Pasadena Humane’s ‘Clear The Shelters’ adoption event.

No appointment is needed. View adoptable animals  in advance at pasadenahumane.org/pets. The shelter, 361 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena.

For those who may be unable to make the commitment to adopt this month, please consider a donation to Pasadena Humane or your favorite shelter or rescue. “Clear The Shelters” offers a way to donate, with 100% of your giving going directly to participating shelters, to help provide care to the animals. Visit clearthesheltersfund.org and search Pasadena Humane.

Dia DuVernet is president and CEO of Pasadena Humane.

This blog post originally appeared as a column in the Pasadena Star-News on August 19, 2022.