Clear The Shelters

Orchestra Director Creates Soothing Playlist for Anxious Shelter Pets

Clear The Shelters

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 ClearTheShelters.com. 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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Music. It soothes the soul. It mends a broken heart. It excites, it inspires, it motivates and moves and now, it may help find homes for pets.

Orchestral masterpieces are literally going to the dogs thanks to Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He’s hoping his custom playlist will help find homes for stressed out animals at the Pennsylvania SPCA.

“I don’t pretend it’s the only playlist possible, but I think it’s just an introduction to the classical music for pets,” Nézet-Séguin said, cat in arms, at the PSPCA’s Erie Avenue headquarters.

The 326-song, 34-hour playlist features recordings from Nézet-Séguin himself, as well as a mix of piano pieces and orchestral classics. He was inspired by playing music for his own cats, especially Parsifal, his first, eponymously named after the famed Richard Wagner orchestra.

“I started to make music for my cats … and I noticed how they changed. Instead of being this empty silence, it’s like a presence. That’s why I just chose the music that they preferred,” Nézet-Séguin said.

The goal with the playlist is to soothe the animals, who shelter employees said can get so stressed that they exhibit behaviors that make potential fur-ever families turn away.

Sometimes they bark. Other times they spin in their kennels. The cats sit in their litterbox.

“It is confinement. With any animal or any human in confinement, you’re going to be stressed, there’s no doubt about it. And animals experience the same thing,” said Kayla Dorney, an animal enrichment and behavior specialist at the shelter.

But with the backing of an acclaimed conductor, these stressed out pets will hopefully mellow out, and people will see them for the great additions to the family that they really are.

“We’re gonna evaluate how they respond. And I have no doubt it’ll be a positive influence on them and their behavior,” Dorney said.

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