Riverside County animals are looking their Sunday best as animal shelters and employees prepare for the Clear the Shelters event on Saturday, Aug. 17.

The goal is to see plenty of empty kennel runs and vacated cat condos. In short, the hope is to clear the shelters of all pets.

Clear the Shelters Event Set for Aug. 17

Daniel with adopters

Riverside County Animal Services is offering a special “name-your-adoption-donation” at its three participating shelters in Jurupa Valley, San Jacinto and Thousand Palms. (Shelter addresses can be found here: www.rcdas.org.) The name-your-adoption-donation can be whatever amount the adopter chooses.

In the four years Riverside County has partnered with NBC4 and Telemundo52, more than 1,300 pets have been adopted into loving families.

“This event has brought hundreds of adopters to our shelters in past years – and we’re hopeful we’ll see the same results on Saturday,” Dr. Allan Drusys, director and chief veterinarian for Riverside County Animal Services, said in a prepared statement. “We are always pleasantly surprised by the large turnout of people wanting to adopt.”

Clear the Shelters Event Set for Aug. 17

Volunteer Temothy Parsons with tiny doggy.

Although Riverside County Animal Services is promoting Clear the Shelters as a name-your-adoption-donation event, would-be adopters must remember to bring a valid ID and, also, be prepared to pay a dog license fee if the adopter lives within Riverside County’s jurisdiction. A dog license fee is $17 in most areas covered by Riverside County.

A few key notes for those planning to attend the event on Saturday:

  • This event will draw huge crowds to each of the county’s shelters. Coming with some patience is strongly urged. The public will far outnumber the employees and the dedicated volunteers donating their time during Clear the Shelters, so guests should be prepared for longer wait times.
  • Also, there is a very strong possibility that multiple families will be vying for the same pet. Animal Services handles such situations with a fair, lottery-like drawing. (Only one lottery ball selection is allowed per family.) There is no need to camp out hours before our shelters open because we do not honor “first-come-first-serve” adoptions.
  • Finally, adopters with dogs at home should not bring their pet for a “meet-and-greet” request. Staff members will not be able to coordinate meet-and-greets on such a busy day.

Regardless of the adoption-donation amount, all adoptions will still include the pet’s spay or neuter surgery, a microchip and vaccinations.

Image Sources

  • clear the shelters: Riverside County Animal Services
  • UCR student adopts a pet: Riverside County Animal Services