NBC10 Clear the Shelters: Thousands of Animals Find Homes

On Saturday people came out to "Clear the Shelters." Since the Clear the Shelters campaign began in late July, over 4300 pets have been adopted. More than 1000 pets were adopted Saturday alone. NBC10's Keith Jones was at the Brandywine Valley SPCA to get a first hand look.

(Published Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017)

Around 1,400 animals in our area found new homes Saturday as NBC10 helped to Clear the Shelters as part of a national initiative to find homes for cats, dogs and other pets.

In the greater Philadelphia region, 49 rescues and shelters waived adoption fees during the day. (Find the shelter closest to you.)

Clear the Shelters: Your Pet Adoption Photos Clear the Shelters, Saturday Aug. 19, 2017, at Brandywine Valley SPCA in West Chester Pa. (NBC10 Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek) Joseph Kaczmarek

The goal was to #ClearTheShelters by finding 'furever' homes for as many animals as possible.

Locally 4,823 animals have been adopted since the campaign kicked off three weeks ago while 1,436 were adopted Saturday alone. Nationally, nearly 65,000 animals were adopted since the campaign began.

Across all three of their campuses in Georgetown, Delaware, New Castle, Delaware and West Chester, Pennsylvania, 237 pets were adopted from the Brandywine Valley SPCA with 141 adopted at the West Chester campus on 1212 Phoenixville Pike. That's where NBC10 personalities Keith Jones and Jessica Boyington joined in the fun Saturday morning. Before the shelter opened at 10 a.m., people were already lined up. Soon after the event began, one couple adopted a 14-year-old dog and a family that had lined up since 6:30 a.m. walked away with a beloved pooch.

Telemundo62’s Jaime Becerril and Christian Cazares were at the ACCT Philly on 111 Hunting Park Avenue in Philadelphia where Always Best Care Senior Services donated $3,000 to the effort.

At the Brandywine Valley SPCA in New Castle, pets got hugs from their new owners who lined up to get to take home their new loved one.

It was mostly cats and dogs that got adopted but at least one hamster found a home after being adopted from the Abington SPCA.

And at the Pennsylvania SPCA, "Laverne found her Shirley, or something like that," during a dog adoption.

NBC10's Keith Jones and Jessica Boyington play with some adoptable felines at the Brandywine Valley SPCA in West Chester, Pennsylvania that are up for adoption at Saturday's Clear the Shelters event.

(Published Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017)

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