Clear The Shelters

Sick Dog Wanders Into Philadelphia Home During Storm, Gets Adopted by Homeowners

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 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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What to Know

  • Suzy wandered into a Philadelphia home early Saturday morning, escaping a rain storm
  • Malnourished, and in need of medical attention, the dog found help from the couple living at the home
  • The couple took the dog to a veterinarian Saturday morning to start her recovery process

A four-legged traveler found herself a home just in time for the holidays.

A stray dog wandering around Philadelphia this weekend took matters into her own paws, finding herself a new home.

Jack Jokinen, from the Bronx but now living two hours south, says the front door of his house blew open during an overnight storm.

That is when the dog wandered inside, seeking shelter from the rain.

Jokinen and his wife were shocked to find the surprise visitor when they awoke, and even more shocked to find the 9-year-old dog severely malnourished and in immediate need of medical attention.

The couple took the dog to a veterinarian Saturday morning to start her recovery process.

They have since decided to keep the dog and gave her the name Suzy.

Jokinen documented much of the process on Twitter, catching the attention of thousands of users eager to follow Suzy’s journey.

One day after a trip to the vet and some significant love and attention, Jokinen says that Suzy is already looking better.

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