Clear The Shelters Finds Furever Families For Over 70,000 Homeless Pet

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
NBC/Telemundo’s annual “Clear The Shelters” initiative recently wrapped up, resulting in over 70,000 homeless pets gaining new furever families.

Telemundo and NBC networks ended its month-long “Clear The Shelters” initiative to find homes for shelter animals all over the country. The annual program teamed with over 75 affiliate stations and almost 1000 animal shelters, and finding homes for dogs, cats, pigs, rabbits and horses as part of the campaign.

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The number of shelters involved grew by about 30% this year, and the initiative added big-name sponsors Petco and VIP Petcare to the roster. The ticker is still growing and as of the last count, over 72,000 animals had been adopted, with a cumulative 146,000 (and counting) shelter animals finding homes since the initiative began two years ago.

The effort had the country’s shelters offering pet adoptions while waiving or significantly reducing adoption fees. The result: People came out in droves to find forever family members.

In Kansas, records were broken at the Helping Hands Humane Society when 101 pets were adopted in just a few hours, while another 129 pets from the Lawrence Humane Society found new families, cleaning the shelter out for the day.

NBC said that some of the most touching adoptions were those of animals thought to be unadoptable, but found loving homes. One Chihuahua mix from New Jersey who had a heart murmur was adopted by a man who also had a heart murmur. That story makes our heart skip a beat!

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In the D.C. area, a sweet nine-year-old brindle Hound named Pookie had a happily-ever-after when he was adopted after being in and out of homes his whole life. He ended up in the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, matted and with terrible skin irritations. Once he was treated and cleaned up, a Pennsylvania man named Roger Nazareth fell in love with Pookie’s picture. Shortly after, Pookie and his new dad took the four-hour-trip back to Pennsylvania together.

Though the annual initiative is over, you can still check the interactive map to find shelters that partnered with Clear The Shelters in case you are still looking for your new furry family member.
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