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Thousands of Pets Find New Homes Thanks to NBC10's #ClearTheShelters

Thousands of animals have found their perfect matches after Saturday's push to Clear the Shelters. NBC10 teamed up with local shelters and rescues to find the lovable animals homes, and the outcome was a success. Over 4,000 animals were adopted in total through the Clear the Shelters campaign. (Published Sunday, July 24, 2016)

Nearly 1,000 Animals Adopted During Clear the SheltersNearly 1,000 Animals Adopted During Clear the SheltersOver 900 animals found their forever homes on Saturday, and that number is expected to rise after some applications go through. NBC10 teamed up with local shelters and rescues to Clear the Shelters. NBC10's Sheena Parveen has the details. (Published Saturday, July 23, 2016)

Thousands of pets around the Philadelphia region found new homes thanks to viewers flocking to animal shelters for NBC10's and Telemundo62's Clear the Shelters campaign.

More than 1,000 pets around the region had found homes Saturday alone. The adoption total, including the pets adopted in the days leading up to the event, topped out at over 4,000 animals. NBC10 Viewers Help #CleartheSheltersNBC10 Viewers Help #CleartheShelters

Since the campaign launched on July 2, nearly 3,000 cats, dogs, rabbits and other animals had already found homes. A bearded dragon at EASEL Animal Rescue League in Ewing, New Jersey and a chinchilla at Gloucester County Animal Shelter even found loving homes. #ClearTheShelters: Providence Animal Center#ClearTheShelters: Providence Animal CenterNBC10's Clear the Shelters event Saturday features animal shelters all around the region waiving adoption fees to hopefully give a lot of animals new homes. Justine Calgiano from Providence Animal Center in Media, Pennsylvania shows off an adorable puppy waiting for you. (Published Saturday, July 23, 2016)

Send your #ClearTheShelters selfie with your new friend. 

But thousands of cats, dogs and other animals were available for adoption on July 23. Thirty-five shelters in the Philadelphia region agreed to waive all adoption fees for the one day.

At Providence Animal Center in Media, Pennsylvania, they exceeded their goal to adopt more than 100 cats and dogs. Two of those pets were adult cats whose original owner died during an accident while vacationing in France. Justina Calgiano, the PR Director for Providence, told NBC10 friends of the owner, who lived in Philly, tried to find shelters in the city but there was no room. The cats were then moved to Providence where they were able to find a new owner Saturday. Calgiano shared the bittersweet story on Instagram.

2 of a whopping 112 adoptions during @nbcphiladelphia's #ClearTheShelters. Today was one of those days when I felt like I was exactly where I was supposed to be, doing exactly what I was supposed to be doing. Helping tell the story of two cats who were displaced after their beloved owner died while vacationing in France. Within minutes of them being moved up to the available section in the adoption center, in walked this lovely lady in her cute little pink dress saying she was looking for two adult cats. When I followed up with her later as she waited to finalize their adoption paperwork, I recounted their ordeal as it was told to me by friends of the cats' owner ... I told her they come with a lot of love. She said she felt like she already knew that after meeting them. Wherever he is, I'm pretty sure he sent her to us, and to them. 🎀 #herop

A photo posted by Justina Calgiano (@jrcalgiano) on

Two other pets who were adopted at Providence Saturday were Roscoe and Brownie who were given up when their family moved into low-income housing that didn't accept Brownie's breed. Thanks to Clear the Shelters however, they were also able to find a new home.

The Ocean County Animal Shelter in Jackson, New Jersey adopted out five cats in its first 10 minutes of being opened. More than 70 pets found homes at the Camden County Animal Shelter and the Montgomery County SPCA in Conshohocken even adopted out a guinea pig.

And, thanks to Clear the Shelters, Wet Nose Rescue in Northeast Philly adopted out its handful of dogs and for the first time won't have any animals in foster care, the shelter said.

Here was the list of local shelters participating in Clear the Shelters. #ClearTheShelters: Sheena, Jessica Show Off Adoptable Cats#ClearTheShelters: Sheena, Jessica Show Off Adoptable CatsNBC10's Sheena Parveena and Jessica Boyington show off some of the adoptable felines available at Providence Animal Center in Media, Pennsylvania on NBC10's Clear the Shelters Day. (Published Saturday, July 23, 2016)

#ClearTheShelters is a nationwide effort by NBC-owned and Telemundo stations to find pets new homes. More than 400 shelters in 20 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico will waive or discount fees as part of the one-day adoption drive. The total amount of pets adopted this year already topped 45,000 by Saturday night -- well ahead of the 19,000 pets adopted in 2015.

More than 53,000 pets were adopted through the 2016 Clear the Shelters campaign, a nationwide push to place deserving animals in forever homes. Join the conversation on social media using #ClearTheShelters.

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