Endearing barks and welcoming purrs greeted Irving residents at the Irving Animal Care Campus during the NBC and Telemundo stations’ “Clear the Shelters Day.”
North Texans opened their hearts and homes to 7,292 animals from 61 participating shelters during this year’s Clear the Shelters campaign period. From the Irving Animal Care Campus, which includes Irving Animal Services and DFW Humane Society, 119 animals were adopted.
Five years ago, Irving developed the idea and proposed it to NBC 5 and Telemundo 39. NBC embraced it and that year, 33 North Texas shelters participated, with 2,273 animals adopted.
In 2015, NBC and Telemundo rolled it out to stations across the country. This year alone, the campaign, which also included Puerto Rico, saw 98,693 animal adoptions, with more than 1,000 shelters participating. Altogether, 252,344 animals have been adopted in Clear the Shelters’ four years of operation.
The event has had a positive effect on changing people’s perceptions of their local shelters by drawing them into the shelters during the campaign. Once there, they saw that the shelters were clean and run professionally, and the sweet animals in them just needed a home.
“It truly underscores the power of collaboration because working together, we’ve been able to save thousands of pets’ lives,” said Irving Mayor Rick Stopfer. “It’s a great accomplishment, and I’m proud to say it all started right here in Irving, Texas.”
The Clear the Shelters social media campaign reached more than 16.5 million users, and the hashtag #CleartheShelters trended nationally on Twitter.