US Olympians Go For the Gold While Clearing the Shelters

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Several members (and medal winners!) of the 2016 Rio Olympics team got together in an effort to help shelter animals all over the country and ended up giving us all a case of the “Awwwwwwwwwwws!” Collaborating with over 700 shelters and NBC/Telemundo television stations, Olympians such as Michael Phelps, Gabby Douglas and Nathan Adrian, among others, had photo shoots with some of the most adorable shelter puppies you’ve ever seen!

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July 23rd was the day that the national campaign launched, and shelters made available puppies who ranged from 8-10 weeks and were looking for their forever families.  2015’s Clear The Shelters event helped nearly 20,000 pets to get adopted, and this year’s event was even more successful, with over 20,000 finding homes on the 23rd and over 45,000 shelter animals in all finding homes during the month of July!

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All the animals the Olympians championed for were adopted, including one lucky little maltipoo who was adopted by gold medalist Aly Raisman right there at the photo shoot!  Raisman’s family dog Coco had recently passed away, leaving her family feeling a big void.  She said the maltipoo’s looks and personality reminded her of Coco so much, she immediately inquired about adopting him – falling in love with and naming him Gibson. Awwwwwww…..

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Though the official annual Clear The Shelters Day has passed, shelters are still committed to finding homes for their animals, and you can do as the Olympians do by checking out your local shelter and seeing if there is a shelter buddy for you.

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Because really… while winning medals is bound to be awesome, there’s no doubt that the love and affection of a rescued animal is worth its weight in gold!