Clear the Shelters: Top Moments From Around the Country

See scenes from the fifth annual Clear the Shelters as the initiative culminates across the country.

Clear the Shelters, the fifth annual pet adoption drive sponsored by NBC and Telemundo stations, culminated with over 2,000 shelters participating.

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Since 2015, a grand total of more than 300,000 animals have been adopted from shelters nationwide.

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The number of animals entering shelters each year is about 6.5 million, 3.3 million dogs and 3.2 million cats, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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NBC4's Bruce Beck with the Natale family of Hamden, Connecticut, who are taking home Tiger, a two month old boxer mix.

In the first adoption of the day at the Richland Hills Animal Shelter in Texas, Apollo goes home with his new owner.

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Blacky from Anti-Cruelty Society shelter in Chicago finds a forever home.

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To see adoption totals for Clear the Shelters 2019 and to find shelters near you, visit https://cleartheshelters.com