Humane Society of Harford County Aims to Clear the Shelters August 20-27

Animal Shelters Nationwide Teaming Up with NBC for Annual Pet Adoption Campaign to Find Homes for Thousands of Animals

For Immediate Release

Erin Long, Marketing Coordinator | Humane Society of Harford County
410-836-1090, x106 | [email protected]


Fallston, MD (August 9, 2022) – The Humane Society of Harford County (HSHC) is opening its doors wide for one full week for the 8th annual Clear The Shelters nationwide pet adoption event. HSHC has designated Saturday, August 20 – Saturday, August 27 as Clear The Shelters Week and will waive adoption fees on all pets with high hopes that every animal in the facility will find a loving, life-long home.

The adoption center is now open seven days a week: Monday through Friday from 11AM-6PM, Saturdays from 10AM-5PM, and Sundays from 12-4PM. Homeless dogs, cats, small animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs, exotics such as birds and reptiles, and even barnyard friends are eagerly preparing to put their best paw forward to meet the adopter of their dreams.

“Almost 3,000 animals enter our shelter every year,” said Bob Citrullo, executive director. “For the first half of this year, we’ve taken in 115 more dogs than the same period last year and have come close several times to running out of kennel space. Clear The Shelters could not come at a better time, and we are excited to welcome folks back to the adoption center for this fun and important event!”

Animals adopted from HSHC are spayed or neutered prior to adoption and also include all appropriate vaccinations and testing for communicable diseases, de-wormer, flea & tick preventative, a microchip, a free sample bag of Hill’s Science Diet food, and a general exam.

Interested adopters can view the animals’ photos and profiles and complete an adoption application in advance by visiting Although adoption fees are waived, regular adoption procedures will apply.

“Every adopter will receive a bag of goodies including coupons, freebies, and information to help ease the pet’s transition from shelter to home,” Citrullo added. “Our team is very excited to welcome visitors to the shelter, introduce them to our animals, and help them take home their next new family member.”

This year’s Clear The Shelters will again feature online donations through fundraising partner Greater Good Charities. Those interested in donating to a participating shelter or rescue can visit the Greater Good Charities’ donation site during the campaign at or donate directly to HSHC.

About Clear The Shelters
Clear The Shelters is a groundbreaking pet adoption campaign spearheaded by NBCUniversal Local, a division of NBCUniversal and occurs annually across the United States and Puerto Rico. NBCUniversal Local’s Clear The Shelters campaign was inspired by a 2014 North Texas pet adoption event that resulted in the most adopted pets in one day for North Texas. Since 2015, NBCUniversal Local’s Clear The Shelters pet adoption campaign has resulted in more than 700,000 pets finding new homes. Visit and for more information.

About the Humane Society of Harford County
The Humane Society of Harford County, Inc., is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the welfare and well-being of the approximately 3,000 animals that come to us each year. We promote the kind treatment of homeless, stray and abandoned animals by providing shelter, care, adoptions, and community education. We are not a county agency nor are we affiliated with any national or regional organization. Tax-deductible donations, bequests, and proceeds from events are crucial to our life-saving efforts on behalf of the animals of our community.