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Over 4,600 Pets Adopted in Chicago-Area 'Clear the Shelters'

The response was so big at Chicago Animal Care and Control that the shelter extended the event for another day and put a rain check policy in place to keep up with demand.

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    Hundreds of Animals Find New Homes on Clear the Shelters Day

    it was another successful Clear the Shelters day, as NBC Universal and Telemundo teamed up to find forever homes for homeless pets across America. NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter has the story. 

    (Published Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019)

    More than 4,600 pets were adopted at Chicago-area animal shelters since late July as part of NBC and Telemundo's Clear the Shelters initiative, and over 1,600 were adopted on Saturday alone. 

    According to NBC's latest numbers, a total of 1,632 pets were adopted on Clear the Shelters day across more than 40 animal shelters in the Chicago area. That helped bring the 2019 number since July 27 to 4,609. 

    The response was so big at Chicago Animal Care and Control that the shelter extended the event for another day and put a rain check policy in place to keep up with demand.

    McHenry County Animal Control was "cleared" of dogs as of 2:40 p.m. and only had 14 cats left.

    Find Your Perfect Pet During Clear the Shelters on Aug. 17

    [NATL] Find Your Perfect Pet During Clear the Shelters on Aug. 17

    If you’re thinking about taking home a new furry friend, consider heading to a local animal shelter to adopt during Clear the Shelters on Aug. 17 when hundreds of shelters will waive or discount fees as part of the one-day adoption drive.

    (Published Tuesday, April 30, 2019)

    Every year, millions of companion animals end up in shelters across the country. And while shelter adoption rates have been steadily rising since 2011, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, approximately 1.5 million animals — 860,000 cats and about 670,000 dogs — are still euthanized each year due to overcrowding.

    That's why NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago teamed up with local animal shelters to waive or discount fees during Clear the Shelters and help pets in need find fur-ever homes.

    Find an animal shelter near you!

    More than 1,400 shelters and rescues across the country registered to participate in this year's campaign.

    Last year, more than 100,000 pets were adopted from over 1,200 shelters across the country. Since 2015, Clear the Shelters has helped 256,688 pets find forever homes.

    Get to know participating Chicago-area shelters

    Photographer Takes Pics of Shelter Dogs to Get Them Adopted

    [NATL-CHI] Photographer Volunteers to Take Pics of Shelter Dogs to Help Them Get Adopted

    Photographer Josh Feeney initially wanted to volunteer to walk dogs at Chicago's Animal Care and Control, but quickly discovered he could offer something even better for the adorable animals looking for their fur-ever homes. Now, he shows off the dogs' real personalities in incredible photos in hopes of finding them a family. 

    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019)

    Get to know the Chicago-area shelters participating in the 2019 event here. Adoption policies for each shelter still apply during the Clear the Shelters event.

    See a full list of participating shelters here

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