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Animal Shelter Connects with NBC 4 NY and Telemundo to Host Pet Adoption Drive


The Montclair Township Animal Shelter serves Nutley and Verona. Adoption fees to be waived for the event. 

Montclair Township Animal Shelter (MTAS) will join with NBC 4 New York/WNBC and Telemundo 47/WNJU to host NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear the Shelters third annual nationwide pet adoption drive on Saturday, August 19. On this day, MTAS will offer waived pet adoption fees 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 70,000 pet adoptions nationwide. 

“There is nothing like a child’s smile when they meet a new pet for the first time," said Eric Lerner, President and General Manager of NBC 4 New York. "It is a deeply moving experience. As a station, we are committed to creating even more of these special moments and that is why our news anchors, reporters and WNBC employees are so passionate about connecting homeless pets with loving homes. We look forward to clearing the shelters on August 19.

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“This is a wonderful opportunity for animals to find forever homes,” said acting Shelter Director Liz Morgan.“Summer is a difficult time of year because so many animals are abandoned when owners go on vacation, and we have fewer people coming in to adopt also because of summer vacations. We have so many wonderful animals at MTAS that are looking for their forever homes, with the support of FOMTAS and Clear the Shelters, we really do hope to clear our shelter on August 19,” said Liz.

“We are excited that our Desocupar Los Albergues pet adoption drive continues to grow in popularity across the Tri-State area," said Cristina Schwarz, President and General Manager of Telemundo 47. "This year, we have made it even easier for families to open their homes to a homeless pet with more than 80 shelters and rescue organizations participating across the region. We look forward to another successful event on August 19.

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 to help families find and adopt a new pet. Fees for animals over one year old will be paid by FOMTAS.

WHEN: Saturday, August 19 from 11 a.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.

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

For more information on Montclair's pet adoption drive, please call the Montclair Township Animal Shelter at 973-744-8600.

FOMTAS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created in 2012 in an effort to address some of the most urgent needs of homeless animals in the community.


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