Clear the Shelters, which took place on Caturday, August 15, 2015 was a tremendous success! The event was organized by NBC & Telemundo, and took place in numerous cities across the U.S. The total number of adoptions being reported by NBC is 17,812 pets! By the end of the day, out of the 400 participating shelters, 20 reported actually clearing their shelters! What an amazing day for these pets and their new families!! These cats were all rescued during “Clear the Shelters” day:

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In Chicago, this Caturday was definitely different from other Caturdays.  Shelters were crowded with people looking to adopt their new best friend. Save-A-Pet in Grayslake, Illinois and Treehouse Humane Society both reported above average traffic and adoptions. In total over 1,000 animals found their forever homes in the Chicagoland area.

“The day was amazing, hectic, crazy…yet somehow so peaceful. Volunteers were working alongside staff, guests and potential adopters were waiting patiently, all with a smile. It was truly exhilirating to see so many of our residents finding their new homes,” remarked Dominique Allion, President of Save-A-Pet.

All told, Save-A-Pet had a very successful day:

“Save-A-Pet’s final adoption count was 28 cats and 13 dogs,” said Sally Hubbard, Animal Welfare & Operations Manager, Save-A-Pet. A total of 41 pets found their forever homes in one day.

Things looked very bright at Tree House Humane Society as well.  Early on in the day, they posted the following photo, touting the great turnout for the Clear The Shelters event:

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Clear the Shelters at Tree House Humane Society – 2015


Tree House Humane Society saw 33 adoptions and over 80 visitors for the day. The Anti-Cruelty Society reported 68 total adoptions. And other cities and shelters shared the same great news:

  • Chicago – 1000+ adoptions
  • Dallas/Fort Worth – 6000+ adoptions
  • D.C., Maryland, Virgina – 1000+ adoptions
  • Connecticut – 571 adoptions
  • San Francisco Bay Area – 917 adoptions
  • New York Area – 947 adoptions
  • Miami – 500 adoptions
  • Many more… totaling over 17,000 animals that found their forever homes

A special thanks to NBC for organizing this nationwide event and heavily promoting it on their networks. Let’s hope this becomes a regular tradition so that one day, we won’t need animal shelters.

Congratulations and best of luck to all of the new forever families!

Featured image: @Ollies_Follies via Instagram