Clear The Shelters

Labrador Retriever Tops the List of Most Popular Dogs in America (Again!)

Clear The Shelters

Golden labrador dog enjoying being stroked by his owner

Clear The Shelters

WBRE-TV joins NBCUniversal owned television stations Clear the Shelters™ pet adoption campaign for the entire month of August

WBRE-TV along with animal shelters and rescues from Northeast & Central Pennsylvania will host the popular month-long event in August for local communities’ organizations will offer low cost or waived adoption fees

WBRE-TV today has joined NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear the Shelters™ nationwide pet adoption campaign. Launching August 1st and culminating with Clear The Shelters Day Friday, August 28th, the pet adoption drive will include the participation of local animal shelters/rescues. On August 28, 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, Chris Langlois and Kelly Byrne and 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 411,292 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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For the 29th year in a row, the Labrador retriever has topped the list of most popular dog breeds, according to the American Kennel Club registry list, a record-breaking honor for the breed.

Labradors are cited as great pets due to their friendliness, stable temperament, athleticism and versatility, as well as their ability to be easily and well trained.

“This is a do-everything breed that needs to be with its humans,” Erin Henlon-Hall, a longtime breeder from Villa Ridge, Missouri told AKC. “It personifies the definition of versatility — hunting, showing, family, dock diving, tracking, obedience. It’s as American as baseball, hot dogs and apple pie.”

The German shepherd, golden retriever and French Bulldog all followed Labradors but the Pembroke Welsh corgi made it into the top ten for the first time, knocking out the Yorkshire terrier.

Both Jimmy Fallon and Jennifer Garner have added golden retrievers to their families over the last few years. The host of “The Tonight Show” even featured his dog, Gary, on his show multiple times. He famously let her cast her vote during the 2012 presidential election.

Gary also made an appearance this week on Fallon’s Instagram, hacking into the host’s iPad to call her friend, a bearded dragon named Jeremy, voiced by Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz, respectively.

Jennifer Garner has made her pup Birdie one of the stars of her Instagram page, sharing adorable pictures of her golden retriever throughout the years.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson adopted two French bulldogs, Brutus and Hobbs, in 2015. Although Brutus died in 2015 after eating a poisonous mushroom, the “Jumanji 2: The Next Level” star has been treating Hobbs to some walks while they’re quarantined for some fresh air.

“We walked Hobbs a mile down the road so he can get some fresh air and guess who gets to carry him all the way back home because he was too tired,” Johnson wrote. “I still love this lil’ SOB.And ironically, this is also how I hold and carry @kevinhart4real. Stay healthy and safe, my friends.”

Hugh Jackman got caught by the paparazzi on April 16 walking his two French bulldogs, sharing the hilarious picture on Instagram before it started circulating on the internet.

“Busted,” he captioned the photo. “I thought it best to share this before the paparazzi do. (In my defense … it’s all that’s clean.).”

Comedian and former “Saturday Night Live” writer John Mulaney has hopped on the French bulldog train, even creating a separate Instagram for his pup Petunia.

“That’s my wife and my daughter,” Mulaney joked to Ellen DeGeneres in 2014 about a photo of his wife, and their dog. “It’s fun to have a French bulldog puppy. It’s like having a baby that’s also a grandma.”

As for corgis, they’re a beloved breed of Queen Elizabeth II, who has surrounded herself with the small dogs since she was a child. She even received a corgi as a gift for her 18th birthday named Susan, who bred several other corgis in the royal family.

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