Lee County Domestic Animal Services joins with NBCUniversal Local to Clear the Shelters

Lee County Domestic Animal Services joins with NBCUniversal Local to Clear the Shelters

Clear The Shelters, NBCUniversal Local’s annual nationwide pet adoption and donation campaign, returns for the eighth consecutive year Aug. 1 through Aug. 31.

As part of the month-long initiative, NBC and Telemundo-owned and affiliated stations across the U.S. and Puerto Rico are partnering with animal shelters and rescue services in their communities to promote pet adoption and raise funds to support animal welfare.

Lee County Domestic Animal Services is proud to participate for its fifth year. Adoption fees on dogs will be reduced to $25 and cats to $20 with an approved application. This will lead up to the Clear the Shelter Event Day on Saturday, Aug. 27, when all adoption fees will be waived. The adoption package includes spay or neuter, microchip, up-to-date vaccinations, county license and a 10-day health guarantee. This is a $600 package.

Lee County Domestic Animal Services Adoption Center, 5600 Banner Drive, is open 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Photos and information about lost pets or pets for adoption are available at www.leelostpets.com.

Since its 2015 inception, Clear the Shelters has helped more than 700,000 pets find new homes. Last year’s campaign resulted in more than 140,000 adoptions and raised more than $500,000. 

“We are pleased to present our eighth annual Clear The Shelters campaign to help shelters and rescues across the nation with their critical work of finding loving homes for the animals under their care, and inviting communities to donate funds to support their work,” said Valari Staab, Chairman of NBCUniversal Local. “Clear The Shelters is a community-driven effort that counts on the support of so many, including our employees, shelter partners, our affiliate stations and our national sponsors, and thanks to them the campaign has become an important event.”

For more information on Clear The Shelters, including participating animal shelters and rescues, along with details on local events, visit ClearTheShelters.com and the Spanish-language site DesocuparlosAlbergues.com

MONDAY DEADLINE FOR FLORIDIANS TO REGISTER TO VOTE BEFORE PRIMARY   

MONDAY DEADLINE FOR FLORIDIANS TO REGISTER TO VOTE BEFORE PRIMARY   

The last day for Florida residents to register to vote in the Aug. 23 primary election is Monday.

People can register to vote or update their registration online, in person or by mailing a written application to the County Supervisor of Elections office, at Florida driver’s license offices, at designated government agencies, and with community organizations registered as third-party voter registration organizations.

Monday is also the deadline for voters to update their party affiliation. 

Florida is a closed primary state, meaning that only voters of a registered party can vote in their party’s primary election to select candidates to go on the ballot for the 2022 general election on Nov. 8.

Lee County and Florida Department of Economic Opportunity ask for help evaluating local broadband capabilities

Lee County and Florida Department of Economic Opportunity ask for help evaluating local broadband capabilities

In cooperation with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (FDEO) Office of Broadband, Lee County asks residents and visitors to take a survey and an internet speed test to evaluate current broadband capabilities and determine areas in need of added service.

Surveys may be taken online or in-person at Lee County libraries and recreation centers during the month of July. The survey and a full list of locations offering it is available at leegov.com/broadband.

The speed test can be found on FDEO’s Office of Broadband website, or by visiting the county website landing page and clicking on the speed-test link. This test will take less than a minute and participants are encouraged to take it from multiple locations including worksites, homes, and from smartphones in areas where internet connections are typically difficult.

Participation in the survey and speed test will help identify local gaps in high-speed internet service and will help advance the state’s overall broadband infrastructure expansion goals. The speed test will assist in further developing Florida’s Broadband Availability Map.

Lee County Domestic Animal Services plans Pet Safety Program

Lee County Domestic Animal Services plans Pet Safety Program

Lee County Domestic Animal Services will hold a Pet Safety Program for children of all ages from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 9, in the conference room at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers.

This is an opportunity for parents to learn along with their children how to safely interact with a dog and read its body language. The program will discuss socialization, responsible pet ownership, and how to avoid risky situations. The event will be interactive for the entire family, so parents are asked to stay with their children.

There will be games that will allow for fun learning. Seating is limited to 35 people on a first-come basis.

For more information call 239-533-7387 (LEE-PETS) or visit www.LeeLostPets.com. Find Lee County Domestic Animal Services’ social media sites on Facebook or Instagram @leeanimalservices.

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