Clear The Shelters

Cats at local SPCA waiting to be adopted as pandemic continues


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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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) While many businesses are now open in the green phase, the Luzerne County SPCA remains closed to the general public.

These cats and dogs have been receiving extra love and care during the coronavirus pandemic.

“During this COVID, we’ve really sort of tightened things down to limit the number of individuals in the community from coming in and out of our doors,” said Todd Hevner, executive director of the SPCA of Luzerne County.

Though they are closed to the public, all of the animals at the SPCA of Luzerne County are waiting to be adopted.

But the adoption process is a little different than in the past.

“All of our available animals are able to be seen on our website and pet finder and you can grab an application on our website and then fax or email it to us,” said Hevner.

Counselors will then go through the application process and call qualifying applicants to set up an appointment. Currently, there are more than 100 cats and 8 dogs available for adoption.

Sparkle has been here since March, since the beginning of the pandemic, and she is just waiting to be adopted.

Adoption numbers did go down when Luzerne County was under a stay-at-home order, but so did the shelter’s intake.

“Although they aren’t pre-COVID levels, we are baby-stepping back towards that and hope our community is still incredibly interested in bringing a new forever furry friend into their family,” said Hevner.

The Luzerne County SPCA also continues to take in stray animals. You just need to knock on the front door to let staff know you are there.

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