A few days left in “Clear the Shelters” event

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FRESNO, California (KSEE) – We’re just days away from the end of the Clear the Shelters event and here are some things that the shelters want you to know before adding to your family.

“Really it’s a year round effort, but particularly for August it’s an opportunity to really bring awareness to homeless animals,” said Erin Ford-Horio, the supervisor at Clovis Animal Services.

Miss Winkles and many other shelters require an interest form to be filled out online as a first step to adopting.  Additionally, adoption fees, a meet and greet with any currently owned pets and proof of pet approval if you don’t own your residence are some of the prerequisites before taking a buddy home.  

“We do get a lot of those calls of people who find an animal and they can’t keep them at their house, so we just want to make sure it’s gonna be a successful adoption for both parties,” said Alisía Sánchez, the community relations coordinator at Valley Animal Center.

Due to COVID-19, most shelters are requiring appointments, but Valley Animal Center will do it a bit different Saturday.

“This Saturday for our big clear the shelters event, we are welcoming walk-ins, it’s only going to be for this day only.”

All the shelters recommend taking a look at their selection online beforehand.

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85 Temperance Ave. Clovis, CA 93611
559-324-2465

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103 South Hughes Ave, Fresno, CA, 93706
559-233-7722

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3934 N Hayston Ave. Fresno, CA 93726
559-233-8717

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29016 Highway 99
559-713-4700

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7120 S Kings River Rd, Parlier, CA 93648
559-638-8696

COMMON ITEMS YOU CAN DONATE


  • Towels and blankets - Shelters are often cold and animals like to have a blanket to curl up on. Towels are a big help to dry animals off after being bathed or if they come in wet. Towels can also be used to line the bottoms of cages. The towels or blankets don't have to be brand new or in perfect condition. The animals won't mind, as long as they're usable.
  • Canned and Dry Food for Cats and Dogs-Healthy - Healthy pet options for nourishment
  • Kitty litter and cat boxes - Cats go to the bathroom- a lot. Shelters are constantly using bag after bag of litter. Their supply runs out fast.
  • Puppy or kitten formula and nursing bottles - Sometimes there are situations where a young puppy or kitten who is not weaned gets separated from their mother. In these situations they need puppy or kitten formula to survive.
  • Old newspaper - When you're done with your newspapers you usually just throw them away or recycle them, right? You could help animals at no cost to you if you just save up your old newspapers. Newspapers are used in the bottoms of cages. They get soiled quickly, so they're in constant demand.
  • Collars, harnesses, and leashes - Dogs who are taken out on walks need a leash and collar or harness. The shelter loses some because adopted dogs often go home with their leash or harness.
  • Grooming supplies - Grooming supplies can include shampoo, brushes, combs, haircutting scissors, etc. Dogs and cats often come in dirty or end up getting dirty. Grooming supplies can keep them fresh, clean, and adoptable.
  • Toys - You would get bored if you had to lay in a crate alone all day, wouldn't you? Animals in shelters get bored, too. It keeps the animals from being so lonely and bored and allows them to get exercise. You could go out and buy new toys, or you could donate toys your pets or children may have not gotten much use out of. It's as simple as that.
  • Crates and carriers - Animals need to be transported somehow, and the cost of multiple crates and carriers can add up quickly. You can donate ones you stopped using that are still in good condition or you could go buy one for a decent price. This helps the shelter tremendously.
  • Paper towels and cleaning supplies - There are a lot of situations that get messy, so paper towels are a big help.
  • Hand wash and hand sanitizer - People who work at shelters need to keep their hands clean for their and the animals' health.
  • Laundry detergent, fabric softener, and bleach - Towels and blankets get soiled often so the washing machines are being used a lot
  • Dog and cat beds - this can offer the animals a soft place to lay instead of a kennel or cage floor.
  • Heating pads - Many animals come in cold or are young and need warmth. Heating pads can replace a mother's warmth.
  • Copy paper and pens, pencils, post-it notes and staples - You can't forget about all the paperwork that has to be done. Donating these items makes it so the shelter doesn't have to buy them on their own.
  • Garbage bags, mops, brooms, and sponges - The shelter uses these every day and clean up supplies can get expensive.
  • Food bowls - As new animals come in, the shelter needs new places to put food. Having an adequate supply could mean life or death for an animal in a shelter.
  • Rubber and latex gloves - A lot of messy stuff happens and gloves are necessary to lessen the spread of germs.
  • Plastic shopping bags - Plastic bags can be used to clean up dog mess and to store things in.

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