The annual “Clear the Shelters” animal-adoption event will be held Saturday, with fees reduced in hopes of finding homes for thousands of Southland dogs and cats.

Sponsored by NBC4 and Telemundo 52, the campaign involves more than 60 animal shelters and rescue organizations that will slash adoption fees to $20 for the day.

The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control’s seven shelters will offer free adoptions for cats. The shelters are in Agoura, Baldwin Park, Gardena, Castaic, Downey, Lancaster and Palmdale.

According to event organizers, last year’s Clear the Shelters event resulted in more than 11,500 pet adoptions in five counties, making it the largest single-day pet adoption in Southern California. Since the event began in 2015, more than 150,000 pets have been adopted during the promotion.

“Every year the stations’ total adoptions surpass the year prior, and we look forward to doing it again as we help shelters alleviate overpopulation and make adoptions affordable for all families,” NBC4 President/General Manager Steve Carlston said.

Both NBC4 and Telemundo 52 will have live broadcasts from Southland animal shelters throughout the day.

VCA Animal Hospitals will also have teams at shelters to offer a “limited health guarantee” and a certificate for a free first exam for newly adopted pets.

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