Clear The Shelters

#StayHomeAndFoster Helps Pets in Need During Coronavirus

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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Animal shelters are facing a new set of challenges during the coronavirus pandemic as shelter-in-place and mandatory stay-at-home orders are impacting homeless pets and animal adoption services.

A new national effort — #StayHomeAndFoster — is working to help lessen the immediate crisis faced by homeless pets. The pet fostering initiative was created by in partnership with NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear The Shelters™ campaign and is sponsored by the US Animal Health Business of Boehringer Ingelheim.

“It’s a wonderful thing to do for people who are working from home who normally aren’t capable of having pets,” said Deb Yankow of the Bergen County Animal Shelter in New Jersey.

In the past week, the shelter has placed 35 shelter animals in foster and rescue homes.

Yankow called the placements one of the biggest shelter’s achievements as they are seeking to keep the shelter census numbers low because the future is uncertain. The shelter anticipates some households may struggle with keeping their pets as future economic indicators are still unknown.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented animal sheltering crisis in the United States and homeless pets with nowhere to go are at risk of being euthanized,” said Liz Baker, CEO of

“Fostering a pet is the solution, and makes it easy by connecting potential pet foster parents with animal shelters in their local communities.”

Potential animal foster parents may visit to obtain more information and get connected to a local shelter. Many of the animal shelters offer foster pet delivery or low contact pet pick up. Fosters are needed for dogs and cats nationwide for two to four weeks.

Pop singer Lance Bass tweeted about pet fostering, “It’s the best anxiety medication you can have AND it distracts energetic kids!”

Earlier this month, Kern County Animal Services in California held a drive-thru foster event that resulted in 88 pets being connected to temporary foster homes. The shelter kept their local community abreast of their need for more foster parents on Facebook.

“Fostering a pet will not only save a life but it will also decrease the stress of both the pet and the person or family staying at home during this challenging time,” said Randolph Legg, Head of Boehringer Ingelheim’s U.S. Animal Health Commercial Business.

Springtime is kitten and puppy season compounding the need for pet shelters to find temporary and forever homes. Promoting pet fostering helps provide a solution to the countless homeless pets at risk of being euthanized due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers say. 

Clear the Shelters or Desocupar Los Albergues in Spanish, is an annual, nationwide pet adoption campaign that is spearheaded by NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal. Since its inception in 2015, Clear the Shelters has helped facilitate more than 400,000 pet adoptions. This year, Clear the Shelters Day takes place on Saturday, Aug. 29. More than 1,000 shelters across the United States are expected to participate.

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