Clear the Shelters 2022 ended with fantastic news: the pet adoption campaign has found homes for more pets than ever before.
According to a statement from NBCUniversal Local, Clear the Shelters – a national pet adoption and donation campaign – has helped more than 161,500 pets find their forever families during the 2022 program, which s took place from August 1 to 31. This is the highest single-year adoption total in the initiative’s eight-year history.
The Clear the Shelters 2022 fundraising effort also paid off this year, with more than $540,000 in donations going to Clear the Shelters partner animal rescues. Amazon’s “Stream It Forward” initiative in partnership with Hill’s Pet Nutrition has committed $100,000 of total donations.
NBCUniversal Local shared that fundraising for Clear the Shelters 2022 will continue through September. Donations can be made at ClearTheSheltersFund.org.
“We are honored to report the tremendous impact of this year’s Clear The Shelters in helping pets find new homes, supporting shelters and rescues in need, and raising awareness of animal welfare issues. Meredith McGinn, NBCUniversal Local’s executive vice president for diginets and original production and an executive at Clear The Shelters, said in a statement. “This is a community initiative whose success depends on the support of our employees, campa partners, affiliate stations and sponsors. We thank them, and all those who have welcomed pets into their homes or have generously is donating to shelters and rescues this year.”
The black listAmir Arison served as spokesperson and host for the 2022 Clear The Shelters TV special. A devoted father to his pup Reina, Arison eagerly accepted the role.
“We save pets and we make people happier,” he told PEOPLE in August, explaining why partnering with Clear the Shelters was an easy decision.
When it came to adopting a dog, Arison waited until he was sure he could take care of a pet. After welcoming Reina in 2017, the actor quickly fell in love with his canine companion.
“Reina wakes up every day just happy to be with me. It’s like, one look and all your problems disappear, [and] you can’t imagine life without them,” Arison, who made her Broadway debut in The kite runner in July, says.