Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement on Saturday will participate in the fourth annual Clear the Shelters initiative with an Adoption Jamboree. Clear the Shelter is a national effort involving hundreds of shelters that offer free pet adoptions to help empty shelters and provide homes for dogs, cats, and other animals.

“We’re not at capacity, but we don’t want to be at capacity,” said Animal Welfare and Enforcement Manager Alan Davis. “This will help ensure we have adequate space should we have a surge in pickups or have a hording case, which could happen at any time.”

Dogs and cats adopted from the shelter are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and micro-chipped. Adoption fees will be waived at the event.

The Adoption Jamboree, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, will feature a DJ, face-painting, Kona ice, popcorn and giveaways for pets.



Clear the Shelters, sponsored nationally by NBC and Telemundo as part of National Adopt a Pet Day, is one of several specials offered by the Gwinnett animal shelter in August. Prospective owners can take home dogs and cats at no charge on Free Fridays through Aug. 31. On other days, animals can be adopted for $20.

Dogs typically cost $90 to adopt, and cats typically cost $30. Dogs and cats up for adoption at the shelter typically have been examined by Animal Welfare staff veterinarians and are ready to go home.

The shelter is extending its hours on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. into the fall. Ice cream socials will be held on the last Thursday of each month through October.