SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Police Department is hoping to get the word out about the upcoming “Clear the Shelters” pet adoption event slated for Saturday, August 19. According to a press release Canyon News received from Lt. Saul Rodriguez of the SMPD, the Santa Monica Animal Shelter will be joining NBC4 Southern California and Telemundo 52 for the third annual ‘Clear the Shelters’ event. Animal shelters throughout Southern California will open their doors from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. offering adoptions for $20 on all pets.

The ‘Clear the Shelters’ campaign raises awareness about the benefits of pet adoption and aims to reduce the animal overpopulation at local shelters. During the campaign, NBC and Telemundo will feature coverage to spotlight the issue, including the importance of spaying/neutering, the benefits of micro-chipping, and guidance for families to find the right pet for their homes.

As part of the event, VCA – Santa Monica Animal Hospital will be onsite offering pet advice from expert veterinarians and their healthcare teams. All pets adopted during the event will receive a limited health guarantee and a gift bag filled with pet essentials.

As part of the initiative, the public is asked to share photographs with their pets on social media using the following hashtags: #LoveMyPet; #AmoAMiMascota; #ClearTheShelters; and #DesocuparLosAlbergues which will be shared in photo galleries by NBC and Telemundo 52. Those who adopt in Santa Monica are asked to share their photographs on the Santa Monica Animal Shelter’s Facebook page with #AdoptSantaMonicaAnimalShelter.

The aim of the event is to finalize the homes of as many animals as possible. For those considering a pet adoption, visit the Santa Monica Animal Shelter located at 1640 9th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401. For additional information about the Clear the Shelters initiative, visit