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Marion County Animal Services Waives Adoption, Maintains Fees During ‘Clear the Shelter’ Campaign

Marion County Animal Services, along with shelters across the country, are participating in this month’s “Clear the Shelter” campaign, and all adoption and holding fees are waived through Wednesday, August 31.

The annual pet adoption and shelter donation campaign is led by NBCUniversal Local, a division of NBCUniversal. Marion County Animal Services is once again participating in the campaign to help break down possible barriers to pet adoptions and reunions.

For the rest of the month, anyone interested in expanding their family with a four-legged friend can do so for free. Pet owners who have identified their lost pet through Marion County Animal Services‘ online gallery or by walking around the center will be reunited with their lost pet at no cost.

An animal services team member plays with an adoptable dog in the playground (Photo courtesy of Marion County Animal Services)

Marion County Animal Services brought adoptable dogs to a recent meeting of the Marion County Board of Commissioners to help raise awareness of free adoptions during National Clear the Shelters Month.

Animal Services brought in adoptable dogs to meet with county commissioners and raise awareness for the month-long campaign (Photo courtesy of Marion County Board of Commissioners)

Marion County Animal Services Director Jim Sweet said, “Clear the Shelters is an annual national pet adoption and shelter donation campaign that we love to participate in every year. We want to offer the community the opportunity to come to our establishment and add a best friend to their family or reunite with their old friend.

“We are thrilled to provide our community with a healthy and happy friend who will bring years of love and pleasure. Now is the time to get out there and meet your new family member, and we’ll take care of everything else,” Sweet added.

Marion County Animal Services One of Animal Services adoptable cats
This adoptable cat loves being scratched behind the ears (Photo courtesy of Marion County Animal Services)

Marion County Animal Services’ dedication to remaining a kill-free shelter depends on the continued support of the community through adoptions and pet reunions. The department hopes this event will connect the pets in their care to good and loving “faithful” homes.

Each animal’s adoption will include all updated vaccinations, spaying or neutering, and a microchip registering the animal to its new family.

Marion County Animal Services accepts donations that will help improve the lives of all animals at the facility. Donations can be made in person, online or by mail to Marion County Animal Services at: 5701 SE 66th Street, Ocala, FL 34480.

For more information or to view adoptable and lost animals, please visit the Marion County Animal Services website.