WAND Helping to Clear the Shelters

For Immediate Release

October 6, 2015


Clear the Shelters is an event to help area animal shelters find loving, forever homes for adoptable animals. The initiative began with NBC owned and operated stations a few years ago. Many shelters were in need of finding lovable homes for adoptable animals. Thanks to this initiative and collaboration with NBC owned and operated stations throughout the country and local shelters in their area over 20,000 animals were adopted on August 15, 2015.

WAND, your local NBC affiliate, has joined in the Clear the Shelters event. On Friday, October 16, 2015 from 12 to 1 pm, WAND Anchor Dawn Sterling will be hosting a one hour Clear the Shelters special. There are thousands of animals that need adopting that are in Central Illinois animal shelters. During this special, WAND will take a look at different breeds, what breed might fit your needs, participating shelter information and much more. During this special, a half hour NBC Clear the Shelters program will air. We hope to bring awareness to the needs of area shelters – the adoption processes, adoptable animals, shelter needs, etc.

On Saturday, October 17th, participating shelters will be open for people wishing to adopt a pet, who have already been through the adoption process and are there to pick up their new family member, and to get people to see how the shelters operate and what animals are available for adoption. Some will have special hours October 17th, so please check with them.

Here is a list of participating shelters and their contact information.

Champaign County Humane Society

Coles County Animal Shelter CARE Center

Effingham County Humane Society

Homeward Bound Pet Shelter

Humane Society of Decatur and Macon Co.

Illinois Humane Society of Springfield

Macon County Animal Control and Care Center

Protecting Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) Jacksonville
Facebook: Paws Jackson

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For more information: Carol Barnes, Dir. Of Creative Services, 217-706-9506,
Dawn Sterling, 217-706-9537,
904 South Side Drive – Decatur, IL 62521 – (217) 424-2500 -