The Lake County Animal Shelter has joined NBCUniversal Local’s Clear the Shelters™ 2021 pet adoption campaign that will take place Aug. 23 – Sept. 19. The event will feature fee-waived pet adoptions throughout the campaign and will take place at the animal shelter, located at 12280 County Road 448 in Tavares.

Residents and other visitors who are interested in adopting a pet during this event are strongly encouraged to make an appointment online by visiting Walk-ins are also welcome.

“We have so many great pets waiting for homes,” said Whitney Boylston, director of the Lake County Animal Shelter. “We are excited to participate in the national adoption campaign again this year. Last year, we celebrated 275 adoptions during the event and look forward to finding loving homes for as many homeless pets as possible this year.”

The Lake County Animal Shelter experienced a nearly 30% increase in year-to-date admissions over the last year, with intake numbers rising back to pre-pandemic levels. The shelter celebrated 701 positive outcomes in July, which is more than ever in a single month. By participating in the Clear the Shelters adoption event, the shelter hopes to continue the trend of positive outcomes throughout the summer, which is the busiest time of the year. Residents who are unable to adopt can help by spreading the word, fostering, or donating supplies from the shelter’s Amazon wish list:

The Lake County Animal Shelter is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The shelter is closed Wednesdays and holidays. For more information about the shelter, visit or follow the shelter on social media at


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