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Help us celebrate Clear The Shelters all month long

The Humane Rescue Alliance is excited to once again join NBC4 to host Clear the Shelters. This year has been unique, which is why we’re doing things a little different for Clear the Shelters 2020. Instead of dedicating just one day to the event, we’ll be virtually celebrating all month long with several ways you can participate. Here’s how you can help. 

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Adopt a new best friend 

We have wonderful animals who still need homes and it’s imperative we continue to find adoptive families for the animals in our care. Learn more about our virtual adoption process.

Q: Will you be doing an in-person pet adoption drive on August 29?
A: No, but we are thrilled to be able to offer virtual adoption services. From the comfort of your home you can select an animal, set up a virtual meet-and-greet, and even conduct an adoption counseling session. Our traditional adoption centers are temporarily closed, but we are very much open for adoptions. We have many wonderful animals waiting to meet you. 

Q: Will you be waiving adoption fees for Clear the Shelters?
A:
Standard adoption fees will apply for all animals. Like many animal welfare organizations across the country, the COVID-19 crisis continues to stretch us beyond our limits financially. Thank you to our community for your ongoing support which has allowed us to keep our doors open and to ramp up our efforts to meet the needs of the DC region and beyond. 

Q: What if I’m interested in adopting a specific breed or age animal?  
A: All available animals are updated in real time at humanerescuealliance.org/adopt. We don't maintain a waitlist but encourage you to continue to check our website and learn more about HRA’s virtual adoption process at humanerescuealliance.org/how-to-adopt. Additionally, HRA’s adoption counselors are happy to help ensure you’re making the best match for your family based on the animal's individual personality and your lifestyle. 

Q: Is HRA open to the public? 
A: We ask that potential adopters not visit our physical locations and review humanerescuealliance.org/covid for up-to-date information and guidance and our current operating status for other programs and services. As we continue to navigate these unprecedented times, we are committed to doing all we can to keep our community of animals and people safe and healthy. Thank you for your help and understanding.  

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Foster an animal in need

Not ready to adopt? Fostering an animal in need helps HRA create a virtual shelter in the community for our most vulnerable animals. On any given day our fosters double the number of animals we can rescue, and they give an animal the best possible place to wait to find a loving home. 

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Donate money or supplies 

Clear the Shelters has partnered with GreaterGood.org to help support HRA's essential work year-round. Your donation will help support the animals in our care, from medical treatments to daily enrichment and beyond. Donate here: humanerescuealliance.org/supportcts 

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Volunteer your time

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. With an active volunteer force many times the size of staff, volunteers make it possible for us to serve thousands of people and animals each year, without ever turning a DC animal away. Learn more about HRA’s volunteer opportunities



Please visit cleartheshelters.com to access more information about Clear the Shelters, including the full list of local participating animal shelters.