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Clear the Shelters Adoption Drive

WHAT: Members of the media are invited to join North Shore Animal League America for Friday’s special kickoff of this weekend’s nationwide Clear the Shelters™ mega-adoption event, hosted by more than 120 animal shelters and pet rescue locations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. All locations will offer a variety of incentives to adopt a new pet. These can include low cost or waived pet adoption fees. Visit for a complete list of all participating locations.

North Shore Animal League America representatives will be joined by NBC 4 New York Traffic Reporter, New York Live Special Correspondent and Mineola native Lauren Scala, who will be returning home to Long Island for this special event. Scala will be accompanied by Telemundo 47’s Orietta De Luque, co-host of Acceso Total, the station’s popular entertainment and lifestyle program.

With most shelters and rescues experiencing severe overcrowding in the summer months due to spring litters, Clear the Shelters™ was created to help relieve the impact through a massive, community-wide call-to-action. The Tri-State campaign is led by NBC 4 New York/WNBC and Telemundo 47/WNJU and has connected over 16,000 homeless pets with forever homes since 2015.

WHEN: NATIONWIDE KICK-OFF Friday, August 16 4:00pm
CLEAR THE SHELTERS Pet Adoption Drive Saturday, August 17 12:00pm – 8:00pm

WHERE: North Shore Animal League America
Lewyt Street, Port Washington, NY 11050

WHO: NBC 4 New York traffic reporter Lauren Scala Friday Only
Telemundo 47 Acceso Total co-host Orietta De Luque Friday Only
North Shore Animal League America representatives Friday and Saturday
Adorable, adoptable dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens Friday and Saturday


To coordinate on-site photos and interviews, please contact Kathleen Lynn at North Shore Animal League America or Alexandra Trochanowski at NBCUniversal

Director of Communications
North Shore Animal League America
Cell (516) 528-7878

Phone (212) 664-6871

For more information about the stations’ pet adoption campaign, visit You can also follow the effort on Twitter @ClearTheShelter, and on social media using the hashtags #ClearTheShelters and #DesocuparLosAlbergues.

For more information about North Shore Animal League America, please visit

About North Shore Animal League America
North Shore Animal League America-the world’s largest no-kill rescue and adoption organization—has saved the lives of over 1 million dogs, cats, puppies and kittens at risk of euthanasia. Through our many innovative programs, we reach across the country to rescue animals from overcrowded shelters, unwanted litters, puppy mills, natural disasters and other emergencies and find them responsible, loving homes. As a leader in the no-kill movement, we are dedicated to promoting shelter pet adoptions; encouraging spay/neuter programs; reducing animal cruelty; ending euthanasia; and advancing the highest standards in animal welfare. Please join us in saving he lives of innocent animals by donating to support our lifesaving mission.

Clear the Shelters™ / Desocupar Los Albergues® is an annual, nationwide pet adoption campaign that is spearheaded by NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal. Every year, NBCUniversal’s TV stations, plus affiliate stations partner with local animal shelters and rescues in their communities to host Clear the Shelters events. NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ 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 Owned Television Stations’ Clear the Shelters pet adoption campaign has inspired thousands of families all across the country to open their homes and hearts to shelter pets, resulting in more than a quarter million pets finding new homes. Visit / for more information. Follow the effort on Twitter @ClearTheShelter, and on social media using the hashtags #ClearTheShelters and #DesocuparLosAlbergues


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