20,000 Pets Found Homes on Clear the Shelters Day
For the first-ever Clear the Shelters pet adoption effort NBC and Telemundo teamed up with 400 animal shelters across the United States and found homes for more than 20,000 pets. The goal of the effort was to empty shelters across the country, and it wasn’t just dogs and cats that found their forever families. Rabbits, hamsters, hedgehogs, turtles, ferrets, monkeys, donkeys, lizards, cows and pigs were also adopted during the first Clear the Shelters event, according to NBC.
“I am so happy with the huge success of Clear the Shelters. Our NBC and Telemundo stations, and our 400 partnering animal shelters across the country, with the help of the ASPCA and our friends at Overstock.com, found almost 20,000 thousand animals homes. We are grateful to everyone who opened their homes and added to their families on this national day of action,” stated Valari Staab, President, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. “Clear the Shelters is an example of how, together, we can save animal lives and make a difference in our communities.”
In order to help the shelters allow families to adopt animals at no cost or reduced fees, the ASPCA gave 16 shelters grants totaling $134,000. The event was so successful that a 2016 Clear the Shelters effort is planned for July 16th.
“Clear the Shelters was an unprecedented event that inspired communities across the nation to open their homes to animals in need,” said Matthew Bershadker, President & CEO, ASPCA. “Shelter personnel and volunteers went above and beyond to shatter adoption records and save thousands of lives. The ASPCA is proud to have been a part of this extraordinary effort and we’re grateful to the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations for helping shine a spotlight on homeless animals, exposing a broader audience to this important issue.”
Among the animals adopted was a pot-bellied pig named Channing Tatum and a 12 year old poodle mix who had been at the Upper Keys Humane Society in South Florida for six years just waiting for a family to take her home.