Dede's Green Scene: Clear the Shelters! by Dede Tabak, August 19 2015, 0 Comments

What do Andy Cohen, Natalie Morales and Hoda Kotb all have in common? They got their lovable pets from a shelter and they want others to do the same! They were urging their fans to go out and adopt a furry friend on Clear the Shelters Day last Saturday, August 15 by posting photos of their furry friends on social media.

Each year about 7.6 million animals enter shelters across the country, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and each year 2.7 million dogs and 2.7 million cats are euthanized. Clear the Shelter’s goal is to have as many homeless cats and dogs in shelters to be adopted and find his or her forever home.

Clear the Shelters started in 2014 in North Texas as a partnership between NBC 5 Dallas Fort Worth and Telemundo. Adopting a pet can be costly, sometimes around $450 or more, but on Clear the Shelters Day, pet adoption will either be free or at a reduced cost. This includes all of the shots as well. This encourages families who were considering making a new furry addition to the family by simplifying the process. In 2014 on Clear the Shelters Day, more than 2,200 pets found homes.

In 2015, Clear the Shelters has expanded across the nation, which is broadcasted in 19 markets, matching over 400 shelters with their local NBC news station and 18,794 furry friends found their forever home.

On August 22, the special Clear the Shelters hosted by Natalie Morales and featuring other animal lovers, Cecily Strong, Sherri Shepherd, Bellamy Young and Denise Richard will air on NBC stations. It will feature shelter pets meeting their new families and take a look at how social media is changing animal adoption.

Although Clear the Shelters day has passed, you can adopt a lovable dog or cat any time at your local shelter.