For the fifth year, Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement joined shelters and rescues across the nation to find homes for shelter pets during its Clear the Shelters adoption drive.

Animal Welfare hosted a Clear the Shelter celebration on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. with free pet adoptions, music, pet vendors, face painting and more.

Clear the Shelters is an annual campaign sponsored by NBC Universal that‘s placed more than half a million pets in loving homes since 2015.

“Like shelters all across the country, our hope is to find happy forever homes for the many great pets in our care,” said Animal Welfare and Enforcement Manager Alan Davis. “We would love to literally clear our shelter.”

During August, all adoptions are free and adoptable animals are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Most pets can go home the same day as adoption.

Those interested in adoption can find visit and complete the application before coming to the shelter for a meet and greet.

The Bill Atkinson Animal Welfare Center is located at 884 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville.

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