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Matching pets with owners designed to ‘clear the shelters’

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Humane societies in Alabama and Georgia are among many participating in this weekend’s “Clear the Shelters” events.

The events are aimed at finding owners for the animals.

In eastern Alabama, the Lee County Humane Society is participating in Saturday’s event for the first time. It will offer reduced adoption fees for pet adoptions.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports that many shelters are participating in “Clear the Shelters” on Saturday. The Lee County Humane Society will continue its participation through Sunday.

Local media report that several other shelters in Alabama are participating, including ones in Tuscaloosa, Gadsden, Huntsville, Mobile and Birmingham.

The Griffin Daily News reported that two locations will participate in the Griffin area. They are just two of many sites in Georgia.

A nationwide map shows all locations participating at . It is searchable by zip codes.

NBC and Telemundo stations have been organizing the broader “Clear the Shelters” effort.

In Lee County, Alabama, some of the animals have been living in the shelter for months, unable to find a family, said Bailey Ray, the foster care coordinator for the Lee County Humane Society.

We have a capacity for 115 animals in a shelter,” Ray said. “We have way more than 115. So with this being our busy season, we’re really hoping that this is going to be a chance, with those reduced adoption fees, that people are drawn to add a new best friend to their family.”

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