Have you been looking for a four-legged roommate who loves boxes? Or a fluffy subway buddy to stuff in a DIY bag big? Well, this weekend, you could possibly meet a new best friend, as organizations around the region aim to "Clear the Shelters" on Saturday, August 17th, and place pets with furever homes.

North Shore Animal League America, the world's largest no-kill shelter, is waiving adoption fees for cats and dogs over one year of age on Saturday. They explain, "With most shelters and rescues experiencing severe overcrowding in the summer months due to spring litters, 'Clear the Shelters' was created to help relieve the impact through a massive, community-wide call-to-action." Since 2015, 16,000 animals have been placed!

The ASPCA is also participating in "Clear the Shelters," and they will be waiving adoption fees for cats and dogs of all ages. Kirstin Burdett, Senior Manager, Admissions & Matchmaking at the ASPCA, said, "Our knowledgeable matchmakers and volunteers are eager to help potential adopters find a cat or dog who is the best match for their home. Adopting from a shelter not only has a tremendous impact on your new pet, but also frees up resources for another animal in need."

Also, the ASPCA adds that they "[encourage] potential adopters to keep an open mind and heart when adopting because you may fall in love with a pet you’d never considered before. All animals will be up-to-date on vaccinations, microchipped, have been spayed or neutered and are ready to go to their new homes."

North Shore Animal League America is at 25 Davis Ave in Port Washington, and their adoption event is from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday. The ASPCA is at 424 East 92nd Street in Manhattan, and their Saturday hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Both organizations shared some photographs of cats and one pupper who are among the many looking for a human to cuddle up with. And don't feel guilty about adopting a dog when you live in a small apartment—that small apartment is bigger than its kennel in the shelter!