Community Members Invited to Help ‘Clear the Shelters’ Saturday

(BLOOMINGTON) – This Saturday, August 17, the City of Bloomington Animal Shelter is one of hundreds of shelters across the country participating in a nationwide pet adoption drive to help find loving homes for animals in need. 

As part of the Clear the Shelters event, the Bloomington shelter will waive adoption fees in full for all adoptable animals, from kittens and puppies to adult dogs and cats and house rabbits.  The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the shelter, located at 3410 South Walnut Street. 

“Clear the Shelters boosts awareness about the work our shelter is doing to care for our local animal population, and connect animals with homes,” said shelter director Virgil Sauder.  “If you’ve considered adding an animal companion to your household, you’ll have the chance to do so more economically on Saturday.” 

All adoptable canines and felines have been spayed/neutered, have age appropriate vaccinations, and are microchipped. Dogs have been tested for heartworm disease and cats have been tested for FIV/feline leukemia. All rabbits have been spayed or neutered.  Prospective adopters must be at least 18 years old and present valid identification. For those who rent their home, the shelter requires proof of approval from the landlord to keep a pet, either within the lease or in a letter or email. The shelter will allow no more than three adoptions per household. 

The shelter offers pets for adoption throughout the year.  Regular adoption fees are $75 for dogs and cats under the age of five, $55 for dogs and cats over the age of five, and $45 for all rabbits.  The national Clear the Shelters event is sponsored by Hill’s, NBC, and Telemundo.