MONTCLAIR, NJ – Montclair Township Animal Shelter  (MTAS) has announced that it will join with NBC 4 New York/WNBC and Telemundo 47/WNJU to host NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear the Shelters fourth annual nationwide pet adoption drive on Saturday, August 18, and offer a bonus day on Sunday, August 19.  

On these days, MTAS will offer waived pet adoption fees for animals one year and older as part of the nationwide Clear the Shelters initiative that seeks to help families find and adopt homeless pets. Fees for all animals over one year old will be paid by the Friends of the Montclair Township Animal Shelter (FOMTAS). Since 2015, Clear the Shelters has resulted in more than 150,000 pet adoptions nationwide. This year, the adoption initiative will include the participation of more than 80 local animal shelters and rescues from across the tri-state region.

“We are looking forward to participating in Clear the Shelters again this year, and are excited to offer a second ‘bonus day’ when we hope to be able to find homes for even more animals,” says Liz Morgan, Director of MTAS. “Summer is a very difficult time of year for us, as so many animals are abandoned when owners move or go on vacation, and for those same reasons – moving and vacations – a lot of people may not be able to adopt. We hope that having Clear the Shelters for two days this year will help us to find homes for literally dozens of animals.”

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“This is the time of year that shelters and rescues need help the most. Many are filled to capacity with homeless pets in need of a loving home. The WNBC team is passionate about making a difference and on August 18, we look forward to clearing the shelters across the Tri-State region,” said Eric Lerner, President and General Manager of NBC 4 New York.

 WHAT:            MTAS to participate as an official Clear the Shelters partner alongside NBC 4 New York/WNBC and Telemundo 47/WNJU. MTAS will offer waived pet adoption fees for animals over one year old, to be paid by FOMTAS.

WHEN:             Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE:           MTAS: 77 North Willow Street, Montclair, NJ 07042

INFO:               Audiences can visit or to access more information about Clear the Shelters, including the full list of local participating animal shelters.

     A real-time pet “Adoption Tracker” – posted on – will record the total number of pets that are adopted across all participating markets.

 SOCIAL        Use the hashtags #ClearTheShelters and #LoveMyPet to post photos of your favorite pets on your social media networks. Also, follow the effort on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Clear the Shelters-themed Snapchat filters will be activated on August 19.

For more information about the national pet adoption drive, visit You can also follow the effort on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by using the hashtags #ClearTheShelters and #LoveMyPet. To access information in Spanish, please visit and follow #DesocuparLosAlbergues and #AmoAMiMascota. 

The Montclair Township Animal Shelter (MTAS) is municipally run and governed by the Township of Montclair, New Jersey. MTAS intakes stray animals and pets whose owners are unable to keep them and offers adoption services for those pets.

The Friends of the Montclair Township Animal Shelter (FOMTAS) strives to raise awareness of MTAS’s adoptable animals, educate the community on responsible and humane companion animal care, and assist in connecting the shelter’s animals with families who can give them safe and loving homes.  FOMTAS’s mission is to support the work of MTAS through fundraising and support for needs above and beyond the shelter’s budget, further enhancing the quality of life for the animals at the shelter. 



Jennifer McMillian




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