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2022 ‘Clear the Shelters' Campaign Sets Pet Adoption Record

More than 860,000 animals have been adopted through Clear the Shelters since 2015

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The 2022 Clear the Shelters nationwide pet adoption and donation campaign set an all-time record by helping find new homes for more than 161,500 pets. It's the highest single-year adoption total in its eight-year history.

Since Clear The Shelters began in 2015, more than 860,000 animals have been adopted. That's more than 860,000 lives saved.

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As part of this year's Clear the Shelters fundraising efforts, more than $540,000 was donated to participating animal shelters and rescue groups. Donations can be made through Sept. 30 by going to

“We’re honored to announce the tremendous impact this year’s Clear The Shelters made in helping pets find new homes, supporting shelters and rescues in need, and generating awareness for animal welfare issues,” said Meredith McGinn, NBCUniversal Local’s EVP of Diginets & Original Production and Clear The Shelters leader. “This is a community-driven initiative that’s success relies on the support of our employees, campa partners, affiliate stations and sponsors. We thank them and everyone who welcomed pets into their homes or generously donated to shelters and rescues this year.”

In addition to this year’s monthlong campaign, NBCUniversal Local, Greater Good Charities, The Animal Rescue Site and Hill’s Pet Nutrition partnered to conduct lifesaving airlifts on Aug. 2 and Aug. 30. Approximately 300 at-risk dogs and cats were transported from overcrowded shelters in the Southeast to the shelters in the Northeast, where they were made available for adoption.

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Animals airlifted to find forever homes.

More than 170 NBC and Telemundo-owned and affiliated stations across the U.S. and Puerto Rico partnered with animal shelters and rescues in their communities to promote pet adoption and raise funds - more than ever before. Nearly 1,400 animal shelters and rescues covering all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Guam participated in this year’s campaign.

To learn more about Clear The Shelters 2022 and search for adoptable pets in your area, visit You can also donate to your local animal shelters and rescue groups by visiting

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