PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – The 10 On Your Side Clear the Shelters campaign expands its mission to help animals, shelters and rescues in need this year.

On Thursday, August 15, WAVY TV 10 and The Marketplace at Hilltop in Virginia Beach, join forces to collect pet supplies. The goal of the day-long drive is to offset the high cost of pet food and all the necessities shelter and rescue pets need while they await their fur-ever home.

WAVY News 10 Lifestyle Correspondent Symone Davis will report LIVE on WAVY News 10 at 4 p.m. through 6 p.m. as well as on WAVY News 10 at 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. on FOX43.

Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center (VBACAC) will be on site with animals available for adoption.

“The Marketplace at Hilltop is very proud to be supporting the 10 On Your Side Clear the Shelters mission,” said Venture Realty Group Marketing Manager Brittany Baer. “We’re a tightknit community center and always welcome the opportunity to give back.”

You can donate pet supplies starting Tuesday at the following retailers at Hilltop Marketplace: Pet Valu, Nunez Fine Jewelers, Orangetheory, Mainstream Boutique, Moe’s, Langley Federal Credit Union, Color Me Mine, Gigi’s Cupcakes and Apricot Lane.

Anyone donating supplies on Thursday will receive a free pet wash card ($10 value) from Pet Valu. Gigi’s cupcakes will bake up ‘pupcakes’ for this event and have them available in store for anyone wishing to purchase.

10 On Your Side Clear the Shelters is on pace for setting new pet adoption records. Since this year’s WAVY TV 10 initiative launched on July 17, 2019, more than 900 animals from 20 participating shelters have been adopted.

Shelters and rescues from across Hampton Roads to the Outer Banks of North Carolina will offer low-cost or other incentives to anyone adopting a pet now until August 16. Then, on August 17, most participating shelters here and countless more across the nation will offer no cost adoptions to literally Clear the Shelters!

WAVY News 10 Today at 7 a.m. shows you how the adoption process works LIVE as 10 On Your Side Reporter/Anchor Stephanie Harris reports from the Norfolk SPCA.

10 On Your Side Clear the Shelters is a community-driven, initiative developed by NBC which seeks to match deserving animals with loving homes. Last year, Hampton Roads set a local record with more than 2,393 animals adopted from 19 area shelters in the four weeks leading up to and including national Clear the Shelters Day.

Visit WAVY.com to watch a 24-7 live feed of our Kitty Cam inside Chesapeake Animal Services and Hampton’s The Cat Corner, Inc. You’ll also be able to check out Puppy Cam inside Isle of Wight Animal Shelter.

New this year, anyone adopting a fur-ever friend from an area shelter or rescue will receive a 10 On Your Side Clear the Shelters pet bandana.

Below is a list of local participating shelters and rescues and their respective websites or social media pages which will contain specific information about how each is participating.

For more visit the WAVY.com Clear the Shelters page.

Participating Shelters & Rescues

The Cat Corner
CAT Team 7
Chesapeake Animal Services
Chesapeake Humane Society
Currituck County Animal Service & Control
Feral Affairs Network
Heritage Humane Society
Isle of Wight Animal Shelter
Lil’ Roar Cat Rescue
Norfolk Animal Care & Adoption Center
Norfolk SPCA
SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina
Operation Save A Shelter Dog
Outer Banks SPCA
Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter
Peninsula SPCA
Portsmouth Humane Society
Poquoson Animal Welfare Sanctuary
Suffolk Animal Care Center
Virginia Beach Animal Care & Adoption Center
Virginia Beach SPCA