Mark you calendars!


This year’s Clear The Shelters takes place on Saturday, August 18th, and ACCT Philly is gearing up to set some new adoption number records. Come to either our main shelter or our Everyday Adoption Center during Clear The Shelters for fee-waived adoptions, food, games, and music.



Thank you so much for joining us to help save the life of a homeless pet! Clear the Shelters (CTS) is a nation-wide adoption event hosted by thousands of animal shelters across the country. As the Philadelphia region’s largest municipal animal shelter and only open-intake shelter, ACCT Philly has historically hosted one of the largest CTS adoption events in the city. The goal of this event is to literally clear the shelter of all adoptable animals through adoption. Your contribution to this goal is greatly appreciated! 

Check out the process you will be walked through when you adopt during Clear the Shelters.


View adoptable dogs

View adoptable cats

Would you like to get a head start on the adoption process before you arrive for ACCT Philly’s Clear the Shelters?

Download our adoption application and fill out before arriving so that you can quickly begin and work through the adoption approval stage. Clear the Shelters is our largest adoption event of the year, and by coming prepared, you can help guarantee a positive experience for you and your new pet!


Adoption Application

Clear the Shelters

Day-of Details

Adoption Hours:

Adoptions are from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Clear the Shelters is our busiest adoption day of the year, so please be prepared for longer wait times than usual. We will have games, food, and seating available to help the time pass quickly!

What to bring:

You must bring a valid photo I.D. listing your current address. In order to adopt, you are required to bring some official proof of residency.

Make sure all family members who live with you and will live with your new pet are also present for the adoption; we want to make sure everyone gets along!

If you have a resident dog and are planning on adopting a dog during Clear the Shelters, please bring your pet with you so we can perform a dog meet. All resident dogs must be present to meet with and interact with the shelter dog.

Additional Fees:

All adoption fees are waived during Clear the Shelters! However, dogs are required to be licensed in the city of Philadelphia, and so all dog adopters will need to pay the city-mandated $16 licensing fee.

Cat adopters should bring their own cat carriers for their new feline friend. If you do not have a carrier, we can provide cardboard carriers for a $6 fee.