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Press Release: NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 Announce Nearly 4,000 Pets Were Adopted from Local Rescues and Shelters During 2021 ‘Clear The Shelters' Campaign

SAN JOSE, CA – (Sept. 29, 2021) – NBC Bay Area / KNTV and Telemundo 48 /KSTS today announced that nearly 4,000 pets were adopted from local animal shelters and rescues during its 2021 Clear The Shelters pet adoption and donation initiative from Aug. 23 to Sept. 19.

Nationwide, NBCUniversal Local’s seventh annual Clear The Shelters helped more than 140,000 pets find new homes and raised more than $537,000 for participating animal shelters and rescues as part of the campaign’s fundraising effort that remains in progress through Nov. 1. Since its 2015 inception, Clear The Shelters has led to more than 23,000 pet adoptions in the Bay Area and more than 688,000 adoptions nationwide.

“As we wrap up another successful Clear The Shelters campaign we want to thank our local Bay Area shelters and rescues for all of their hard work and support, this effort could not be possible without them year after year,” said Stacy Owen, President and General Manager of NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48. “As the adoption numbers came in, we loved hearing about all of the adoption success stories. We thank everyone who participated, whether you helped spread the word on social media, donated, or gave a pet a forever home.”

At Berkeley Humane Animal Shelter all 50 adoptable pets found their forever homes during the Bark Around the Block in-person adoption event on Clear the Shelters day. One of those pets, Wolf, was the first to be adopted after his future owner waited one-hour prior to the start of the event just to be able to take him home.  At SF Animal Care and Control, a 13-week-old puppy Twinkle Toes who was found in a paper bag on the street was quickly adopted by her new family after being featured on NBC Bay Area’s Today in the Bay newscast.

The 2021 Clear The Shelters was again supported by fundraising partners Greater Good Charities and The Animal Rescue Site, which covered all transaction fees so that 100 percent of donations went directly to shelters and rescues. Virtual pet adoptions also returned for this year’s campaign through partner Clear The Shelters WeRescue.

For more information about NBCUniversal Local’s Clear The Shelters, visit and the Spanish-language site Follow the effort on Twitter @ClearTheShelter, and on social media using #ClearTheShelters and #DesocuparLosAlbergues.  

About NBC Bay Area / KNTV

Owned by NBCUniversal, NBC Bay Area / KNTV is the Bay Area’s investigative station located in the heart of Silicon Valley.  The station is committed to providing continuous, in-depth journalism with unique personalities. Along with broadcasting NBC’s award-winning daytime, prime-time and late night programming, NBC Bay Area produces more than 32 hours of news programming each week. The station can be seen locally on Comcast 3 and 703 and over-the-air on 11. COZI TV, the station’s digital network, offers a full schedule of America’s most beloved and iconic television series, hit movies and original programming. COZI TV can be seen locally on Comcast 186 and over-the-air on 11.3.

About Telemundo 48 / KSTS

Telemundo 48 / KSTS is Telemundo’s local television station serving the Spanish-speaking community throughout the Bay Area. Owned by NBCUniversal, the station is committed to providing viewers with breaking news and in-depth journalism with their award-winning team of reporters, offering the most up-to-date local news, weather, sports and entertainment headlines through a variety of platforms, including online at and via mobile and social media channels.

About Clear The Shelters

Clear The Shelters™ / Desocupar Los Albergues® is an annual, nationwide pet adoption campaign that is spearheaded by NBCUniversal Local, a division of NBCUniversal. Every year, NBCUniversal Local’s NBC and Telemundo owned stations, plus affiliated stations, partner with animal shelters and rescues in their communities to host Clear The Shelters events. NBCUniversal Local’s Clear The Shelters campaign was inspired by a 2014 North Texas pet adoption event hosted by NBC 5 / KXAS and Telemundo 39 / KXTX and dozens of area shelters that resulted in the most adopted pets in one day for North Texas. Since 2015, NBCUniversal Local’s Clear The Shelters pet adoption campaign has resulted in more than 688,000 pets finding new homes. Visit and for more information.   



Liza Catalan


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