Clear the Shelters Is Back on August 19!


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Clear the Shelters Is Back on August 19!
  • Pro Social Initiatives
July 17, 2017

Clear the Shelters, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ popular nationwide pet adoption campaign is back on Saturday, August 19! NBC and Telemundo stations all across the country will join with hundreds of animal shelters to offer low cost or waived pet adoption fees to help families find and adopt a new pet.

Inspired by a North Texas pet adoption effort led by our Dallas NBC and Telemundo stations KXAS and KXTX, our Clear the Shelters pet adoption campaign has become a popular day of action for communities nationwide. Since Clear the Shelters was expanded nationally in 2015, the efforts of our stations and partners have resulted in the adoption of more than 70,000 homeless pets.

From older dogs to kittens to rabbits to iguanas, Clear the Shelters has inspired local communities to take action and open their homes to pets in need. Last summer, “Rose" a husky with a neurological syndrome who traveled from Turkey to a shelter in Briarcliff Manor, New York found a new home while “Tootsie," a senior Shih-Tzu with one eye was adopted by a family from Chicago, Illinois.

I share my home and my life with a shelter dog.  Jack, a two-year old Shih-Tzu and Jack Russell Terrier mix that my husband and I rescued through the Animal Lighthouse Rescue was a street dog in Puerto Rico. Jack is a great dog with a lot of love. We rescued Jack the day after we lost our 17 year-old dog, Zach. He helped heal us from that loss. He is funny, sweet and loves his new life. We couldn’t be happier with him.

Please join us and help raise awareness about our third annual Clear the Shelters pet adoption campaign by sharing our fun “Save the Date for Clear the Shelters" video and uploading an image of yourself with your pet or pets using the hashtags #LoveMyPet and #ClearTheShelters. You don’t need to have an adopted animal to participate.  You can simply smile, snap a photo with your favorite furry or non-furry friend, list your reasons for loving your pet, and upload your post and photo to your social media channels.

By participating in our social media effort including sharing our video and telling the world why you love your pet, you will help us to spread the word about Clear the Shelters. Our collective efforts will help families rescue a homeless pet in need to find a new forever home. Here are a couple of photos of Jack!

All of us at NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations are excited about the opportunity to help make change happen on Saturday, August 19. Let’s work together to make Clear the Shelters another successful nationwide pet adoption campaign. I look forward to seeing the photos of your pets and the many reasons why you love them!

For more information about Clear the Shelters and to access a list of shelters that will participate in Clear the Shelters events on August 19, please visit If you’d like to access the information in Spanish, please visit

Thank you for your help and support.