VCA Sponsors Clear the Shelters™ Presented by NBC4 and Telemundo 52 Los Angeles on Saturday, August 17, 2019

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#vcacares–For the fifth consecutive year, VCA Animal Hospitals has teamed up with NBC4 to sponsor Clear the Shelters™, a one-of-a-kind pet adoption initiative taking place on Saturday, August 17th. On this day, more than 90 participating shelters in the Southland will adopt out homeless pets into their forever homes for a reduced adoption fee of $20.

“VCA continues to be committed to supporting community animal welfare partners so they can improve the lives of countless disadvantaged dogs, cats and other pets,” said Brandon Antin, VCA Animal Hospital vice president of social responsibility and innovation. “We believe every pet deserves a happy life and that includes receiving proper medical care from a veterinarian, to help them get a healthy start and thrive in their new forever home.”

Participating animal shelters will offer reduced adoption fees and open their doors to find homes for homeless pets. VCA Animal Hospitals’ teams will be onsite at more than 40 community shelters, and all pets adopted during the event will receive a limited health guarantee and a certificate for a Free First Exam, so they can experience the exceptional care offered at VCA Animal Hospitals.

VCA has been supporting the Clear the Shelters™ program since its founding five years ago. This exceptional community effort has grown year over year, with more than 17,000 pets being adopted locally during the 2018 campaign.

Clear the Shelters™ is an initiative led by NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal. The initiative has inspired many to open their homes to pets in need, and has helped to alleviate the overcrowded problem at many Southern California animal shelters. Since 2015, the program has resulted in more than 250,000 pet adoptions nationwide. To learn more about the initiative and locate participating shelters, visit The public is encouraged to follow the effort and post pet photos on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with hashtag #ClearTheShelters.

About VCA Animal Hospitals

VCA Animal Hospitals operates more than 900 small animal veterinary hospitals in the U.S., Canada and Brazil. The hospitals are staffed by more than 6,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians to give pets the very best in medical care, of which over 600 are board certified specialists who are experts in areas such as oncology, cardiology, emergency and critical care, and surgery for animals. VCA Animal Hospitals provides a full range of general practice services to keep pets well and specialized treatments when pets are ill. For more information, please visit or follow on Twitter @vcapethealth and

About VCA

VCA is a leading provider of pet health care services in the country delivered through more than 900 small animal veterinary hospitals in the U.S., Canada and Brazil, a preeminent nationwide clinical laboratory system that services all 50 states and Canada (Antech Diagnostics), the leading animal diagnostic imaging company in the market (Sound), and Camp Bow Wow (CBW), the nation’s Premier Doggy Day and Overnight Camp® franchise, an Inc. 5000 company.

About Clear The Shelters™

Clear The Shelters™ / Desocupar Los Albergues® is an annual, nationwide pet adoption campaign that is spearheaded by NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal. Every year, NBCUniversal’s TV stations, plus affiliate stations partner with local animal shelters and rescues in their communities to host Clear The Shelters events. NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ 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, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear The Shelters pet adoption campaign has inspired thousands of families all across the country to open their homes and hearts to shelter pets, resulting in more than a quarter million pets finding new homes. Visit / for more information. Follow the effort on Twitter @ClearTheShelter, and on social media using the hashtags #ClearTheShelters and #DesocuparLosAlbergues.


Agnes Huff, PhD

Agnes Huff Communications Group

(310) 641-2525

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