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Clear the Shelters Event at Santa Maria Valley Humane Society

No Cost to Adopt During Nationwide Adoption Drive

Santa Maria Valley Humane Society has joined forces with animal shelters across the United States to find every pet a home on Saturday, August 17th and Sunday, August 18th during the National Clear the Shelters Event. There will be no cost to adopt any pet during the two day promotion. We will be open for adoptions 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on both days.

The purpose of the Clear the Shelters event is to draw attention to the plight of perfectly wonderful homeless dogs and cats in animal shelters across the nation – including in shelters across Santa Barbra County – and to set a goal of finding every pet a loving home over a single weekend in all participating shelters. This nationwide adoption drive is sponsored by NBC Universal.

We are excited that this year every cat cared for at our off-site adoption partners, PetSmart and Petco, is also available during the fee-waived promotion. Steps on adopting a pet plus pictures and profile of every home-seeking dog and cat can be found at

“Our visionis to find a home for every animal in our care and truly clear the shelter,” -Matt Chan, CAWA, Director of Community Engagement

Every animal available for adoption has been spayed or neutered, microchipped, is up to date on vaccines, and has been examined by the shelter veterinarian. While in our care, dogs are trained in leash-walking and basic commands, and cats learn real-life skills, such as how to calmly go into cat carriers.

You can be part of the lifesaving solution in Santa Barbara County. We invite you to open up your home to one of these incredible animals, give them a loving home, and help us rescue more animals in need. Adopting an animal into your home brings love and friendship. We will help you find the right fit, and set both you and your new companion up for success.

About Santa Maria Valley Humane Society

The Santa Maria Valley Humane Society exists to rescue, shelter, heal, place, and train dogs and cats while engaging the Central California community to end animal homelessness. Since 1984, the caring staff and volunteers of the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society have placed 13,370 homeless dogs and cats into new and loving homes and our highly-skilled veterinarians have helped and healed an additional 36,712 dogs and cats. Providing shelter for animals in crisis, rescue efforts, and “Pet Food Pantry” for dogs and cats in need helps thousands more animals each year. Our programs are supported entirely by donations from the communities that we serve.

For more information about the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society, visit

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