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Valley Pet Lovers Come Out To Clear The Shelters, Set Record In The Process

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    Clear The Shelters! Help Valley Pets Find Forever Homes

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    Visit the Palm Springs Animal Shelter and the Riverside County Animal Shelter in Thousand Palms to adopt!Visit the Palm Springs Animal Shelter and the Riverside County Animal Shelter in Thousand Palms to adopt!

    Shelters across the valley are participating in NBC's third annual Clear The Shelters event on Aug. 19, part of an annual national campaign to find forever homes for animals in need.  On Aug. 19, all participating animal shelters and rescue organizations will offer reduced cost or waived pet adoption fees to help families find and adopt a new pet. For a map of participating shelters and rescues near you, click here. You're encouraged to contact each Clear the Shelters participat...

    Shelters across the valley are participating in NBC's third annual Clear The Shelters event on Aug. 19, part of an annual national campaign to find forever homes for animals in need.  On Aug. 19, all participating animal shelters and rescue organizations will offer reduced cost or waived pet adoption fees to help families find and adopt a new pet.

Palm Springs, CA -

Cold noses and warm hearts filled the Palm Springs Animal Shelter on Saturday as hundreds of locals looked for their next, "forever friend."

KMIR News along with NBCUniversal spearheaded the 3rd Annual "Clear The Shelters" pet adoption event. This nationwide event has helped save nearly 250,000 shelter animals over the past three years by matching them with a loving family.

"We won't have these pets here tonight, they'll all be resting in a nice bed," said Daniel Sumner, Palm Springs Animal Shelter Director of Operations.   "A lot of our dogs and cats they will adopt a human," said Palm Springs Mayor Robert Moon.

Adoption fees at participating shelters was only $20 which helped make finding your new "best friend" a lot easier. It also allowed adopters to budget for a few extra toys and treats in the process.

"We the like the ones that are the most cuddly and most friendly," said Giorgio Barone from Rancho Mirage. He and his sister, Stefani Barone, are new cat owners.  "All animals need a home so its good to adopt animals cause they need a home," said Giorgio.

However, finding forever homes is sometimes easier said than done.  "It's not easy and its expensive and you see all the volunteers here, it takes a tremendous amount of work, people volunteering to make this all work, " said Mayor Moon.

This year's event helped find 61 cats and 29 dogs a new home.

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