Clear the Shelters Campaign Helps Shelter Pets Find Forever Homes

PetMD Editorial
Published: August 16, 2018
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According to the ASPCA, around 6.5 million animals pass through the doors of US animal shelters every year. And while there are approximately 3.2 million shelter animals adopted each year, there is still a very large gap between the two numbers.

To help try to close that gap, an annual campaign called “Clear the Shelters” was launched in 2015. This campaign spreads awareness about pet adoption and encourages people to adopt shelter dogs and shelter cats. says, “Clear the Shelters is an annual, community-driven, nationwide pet adoption campaign put together by NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations.”

This year, it starts at the beginning of August and runs until August 18, 2018. On this day, NBC and Telemundo will work with hundreds of animal shelters and rescues across the US to help potential pet parents find their new perfect furry family member. To help encourage pet adoptions, the participating shelters will either greatly reduce or completely waive adoption fees.

According to Clear the Shelters, “Last year, more than 80,000 pets were adopted from over 900 shelters across the country. Since 2015, Clear the Shelters has helped 153,651 pets find forever homes.

To find a participating animal shelter or rescue, check out the Clear the Shelters website.

On August 25, tune into NBC to watch celebrity Jane Lynch recap all of the success stories over the course of August. Telemundo stations will also air a special program to recap and share adoption stories.

Be sure to tune in to watch some feel-good pet adoption stories!

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