NBC and Telemundo’s Clear the Shelters initiative, held July 27 – August 17, found permanent homes for 135,000 pets. A total of 98 NBC and Telemundo- owned or affiliated stations participated alongside nearly 2,000 animal shelters. The annual event has helped find homes for more than 395,000 animals since 2015 and reduces the stress on animals and staff at overcrowded shelters.
Teddy, a cataholua leopard dog mix at the Morris Animal Refuge in Philadelphia, was adopted during the event. The adopting family knew they found their dog because, like their daughter, Teddy is deaf. Other successful adoptees include Lamb, a five year old pit-bull who had been living in an Austin, Texas shelter since Hurricane Harvey struck in 2017 and two senior cats from Connecticut who were adopted together after the death of their original owner.