By Beverly Perkins
Two months ago, Humane Society of Greater Miami joined forces with NBC 6 and Telemundo 51 to host NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear the Shelters third annual nationwide pet adoption drive. The Humane Society of Greater Miami waived pet adoption fees as part of the nationwide initiative that seeks to help families find and adopt homeless pets. Since 2015, Clear the Shelters has resulted in more than 70,000 pet adoptions nationwide.
“Last year’s Clear the Shelters surpassed our wildest expectations,” said Laurie Hoffman, Executive Director at the Humane Society of Greater Miami. “Seeing pets who have been living at our Soffer and Fine Adoption Center for months – even years – finally have a chance to walk out with a family who will love them forever is an indescribable feeling. We are thrilled to partner with NBC 6 and Telemundo 51 to make this year’s Clear the Shelters another remarkable day for our local community!”
More than 500 people visited the Soffer and Fine Adoption Center, and 83 dogs and cats found their new homes and new families during the 2017 national pet adoption day campaign. The third annual Clear the Shelters effort has helped to inspire local communities to take action and open their homes to animals in need, like the Humane Society’s senior dog, Bosco, who had been at the shelter for close to five months and was one of the very last adoptions of the day.
Bosco, who was treated for heartworm thanks to the organization’s Second Chance Fund, was finally connected with the family of his dreams through this nationwide initiative. Since the effort was expanded to communities all across the country in 2015, Clear the Shelters has resulted in more than 137,000 nationwide pet adoptions.
“From the moment, we begin our ten second countdown to kick off the event, to the very end when the last adoption is taking place, there is an incredible energy at this event that never fails to leave a permanent ‘paw print’ on all of our hearts,” adds Hoffman. “Clear the Shelters is about raising awareness of all of the homeless animals in need and coming together as a community to help these deserving animals get a second chance at life. We are thankful and proud to partner with our local stations and NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations for this worthwhile event.”
To relive some of the “happy tail” moments of Clear the Shelters 2017, visit the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/humanesociety305. To access stories and photos from other Clear the Shelters participating markets, visit ClearTheShelters.com.
The Greater Miami Humane Society Soffer and Fine Adoption Center is located at 16101 West Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach, 33160.