Clear The Shelters

Fran Drescher Calls Adopting Her Dog a ‘Miraculous Journey’

Clear The Shelters

Clear The Shelters

WBRE-TV once again joins NBCUniversal owned television stations Clear the Shelters™ pet adoption campaign for the months of August and September.

WBRE-TV along with animal shelters and rescues from Northeast & Central Pennsylvania will host the popular 2 month-long event in August and September for local communities’ organizations will offer low cost or waived adoption fees WBRE-TV has joined NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear the Shelters™ nationwide pet adoption campaign. Launching August 23rd and culminating with Clear The Shelters Day Friday, September 17th , the pet adoption drive will include the participation of local animal shelters/rescues. Participating organizations will offer low cost or waived pet adoption fees to help families adopt a pet.

Eyewitness News and NBC Universal have partnered to produce a 60-minute special highlighting the importance of finding forever homes for shelter animals. The first half hour of the special NBC’s “Clear The Shelters” will run at 7:00PM will spotlight the amazing adoptive families, unsung heroes who work at the shelters and of course, adorable pets who are being welcomed into new homes.

The second half hour WBRE-TV’s “Finding a Forever Home” at 7:30PM will be hosted by Eyewitness News morning anchors, Kelly Byrne and Sean Coffey will highlight the efforts here in Northeast and Central Pennsylvania to find homes for animals.

From older dogs to kittens to rabbits to birds, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear The Shelters campaign has inspired local communities to take action and open their homes to pets in need. Since 2015, more than 551,854 pets have been adopted.

For more information, visit You can also follow the effort on Twitter @Clear The Shelter, and on social media using the hashtags #ClearTheShelters and #DesocuparLosAlbergues.

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Actress-comedian Fran Drescher was overcome with sadness when she suddenly lost her 6-year-old Pomeranian, Samson.

“He suddenly had a stroke one day. I was so bereft with grief,” Drescher recalled.

Despite her heartbreak, she decided to try to open up her heart to another dog.

“For whatever reason, I got out of bed, fired up my laptop and I saw this beautiful white, Husky-German Shepherd-mix.”

It was love at first sight.

“I go to the rescue place and they put her on a leash and she literally pushed me down on the ground and started kissing my whole face. “

Drescher knew it was meant to be.

I said to the guy who brought her out, ‘have you ever seen a dog react this way to a total stranger?’ And he said, ‘no, never. This dog has picked you.’”

And that’s how this rescue dog became known as Angel Grace Drescher.

It’s been one year since Drescher and Angel became a family. And she’s loving every second of it.

“Help Clear the Shelters,” Drescher said. “Let me tell you something, it is a miraculous journey.”

Please join NBC Universal Local as we team up with hundreds of animal shelters across the country to host Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive that helps find loving homes for animals in need.

The annual campaign runs from August 23 to September 19. Virtual pet adoptions are returning for the 2021 campaign through partner WeRescue. The WeRescue app enables users to locate adoptable pets in their area, submit their adoption applications, and ask questions directly to shelters.

More than a half-million pets have been adopted since Clear the Shelters began in 2015.

If you can’t adopt a pet, please consider a donation. This year’s campaign features online donations through fundraising partner Greater Good Charities. Anyone interested in donating to a participating shelter or rescue can visit the Greater Good Charities’ donation site during the campaign, which will also be accessible via the Clear the Shelters site.

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