Gloucester County Animal Shelter Waives Pet Adoption Fees For National Clear the Shelters Event

CLAYTON, N.J. — The Gloucester County Animal Shelter (GCAS) will be participating in the fourth annual Clear the Shelters event by waiving adoption fees on all animals in the shelter on Saturday, August 17.

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger touted last years success during the event.

“Last year we were able to find 22 pets new homes during the Clear the Shelters initiative.   By waiving fees, the county is making pets available to loving homes that are looking for that perfect pet that may not have been able to afford them before,” Damminger said.

Freeholder Deputy Director Frank J. DiMarco said that there are currently 35 cats, 12 dogs, two rabbits and a guinea pig available for adoption at the Gloucester County Animal Shelter. 

“Clear the Shelters helped us adopt out ten dogs and twelve cats in one day,” DiMarco, who is the Liaison to the Gloucester County Animal Shelter, said. “Shelter populations become larger in the summertime due to kitten and puppy births and finding shelter dogs and cats quality homes is paramount.  The Clear the Shelters initiative has been successful and we look forward to participating again this year.” 

The NBC network and Telemundo began the nationwide Clear the Shelters initiative as a way to offer low cost or completely waived fees in order to help local families find the perfect pet for them at an affordable cost, or no cost at all. In its four years running, this initiative has successfully found forever homes for around 150,000 shelter animals. 

Anyone interested in receiving a free pet during this event must be pre-approved for adoption by filling out an application that can be found at

The application can be submitted online or in person, but must be filled out by Aug. 7 at the latest. 

For more information about NBC and Telemundo stations’ pet adoption campaign, visit

For more information about the pre-adoption application or other information call the Gloucester County Animal Shelter at (856) 881-2828 or visit the GCAS on Facebook page @GloucesterCountyAnimalShelter.