Thousands of animals in our area are in need of homes. That's why NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 partnered with other NBC and Telemundo stations across the country to help find these animals permanent, loving families.
NBC-owned television stations took part in Clear the Shelters™ Day on Saturday. It's an initiative to help find new homes for cats and dogs waiting to be adopted.
Between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., 67 North Texas animal shelters and rescues waived pet adoption fees to help families adopt a new pet. Other fees may apply in some shelters.
By the the end of the day Saturday, more than 7,500 animals were adopted into new forever homes in North Texas; nationally, more than 93,000 animals found new homes.
The following shelters were cleared Saturday:
• Euless Animal Services
• Murphy Animal Shelter
• Royse City Animal Shelter
• Sachse Animal Shelter
Have you adopted a forever friend? We want to share your story! Share your pictures or video in an email to iSee@nbcdfw.com(or click here to upload) Telemundo 39 at Telemundo39@telemundo.com. Don't forget to include your name, your pet's name, which shelter you adopted from and a little about why you picked your new family member!
Please refer to the map below to find the participating shelter near you.
Finding these pets quality homes is even more critical during the summer after the populations at shelters swell due to abandoned and surrendered pets following spring births.
It's an effort that started in North Texas.
"We're pleased to see our original goal of alleviating overcrowding at local shelters has had such a great impact on our community," said Tom Ehlmann, NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 President and General Manager. "Now in its fifth year, nationwide, we've been able to witness this campaign grow and truly make a difference."
The ultimate goal of the event is to help as many animals as possible find their perfect match. Last year, the NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 stations' Clear the Shelters campaign resulted in more than 7,400 pets finding new homes in Dallas-Fort Worth. Since 2015, NBC and Telemundo stations' Clear the Shelters effort has resulted in more than 256,000 total pet adoptions across the nation.
"It never ceases to amaze me to see so many people come out on this one day a year to adopt a new pet from a local animal shelter," said Corey Price, animal services manager for the City of Irving. "With so many animals in our shelters, we are grateful for the support of NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 for helping them find new homes."
Clear the Shelters is an initiative spearheaded by NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal. Clear the Shelters is sponsored nationally by Cat's Pride® and Hill's Pet Nutrition.
This year, 98.7 KLUV-FM joins as an official local sponsor of Clear the Shelters in North Texas.
NBC 5 extends its support for shelters and rescue organizations throughout the year by hosting a weekly Clear the Shelters segment on Sundays at 8 a.m. to continue helping save lives by bringing about community awareness and providing another avenue to share stories of available pets at participating animal shelters.