Lifestyle Pets Clear the Shelters 2021 Helps Over 136,000 Rescue Pets Find Forever Homes Clear the Shelters, NBC and Telemundo stations' annual pet adoption and donation campaign, matched thousands of pets with families and raised over $537,000 for animal shelters By Kelli Bender Kelli Bender Kelli Bender is the Pets Editor for PEOPLE Digital and PEOPLE magazine. She has been with the PEOPLE brand for more than eight years, working as a writer/producer across PEOPLE's Lifestyle, Features, and Entertainment verticals before taking on her current role. Kelli is also an editor on PEOPLE's Stories to Make You Smile and serves as an editorial lead on PEOPLE's World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest and Pet Product Awards. Before joining PEOPLE, Kelli helped AOL and Whalerock launch a pet lifestyle site called PawNation. She is a pet parent to a cat named Wallace, and her professional and personal devotion to animals has taken her to three dog weddings ... so far. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 27, 2021 01:50 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Getty Thousands of rescue pets found loving homes this summer with help from Clear the Shelters. According to a release from NBCUniversal Local, Clear the Shelters — NBC and Telemundo stations' annual pet adoption and donation campaign — helped "more than 136,000 pets finding new homes" during its 2021 campaign — and adoption results are still rolling in. "In addition, more than $537,000 has been donated to participating animal shelters and rescues as part of the campaign's fundraising effort that remains in progress through Nov. 1," the release added. Clear the Shelters 2021 launched in August, kickstarted by a lifesaving pet airlift on Aug. 23. NBCUniversal Local, Greater Good Charities, The Animal Rescue Site, and Hill's Pet Nutrition partnered to make Clear The Shelters flight mission possible. The flight transported 167 at-risk dogs and cats from overpopulated shelters to rescues with room to adopt out the pets. Clear The Shelters Saves 167 Shelter Pets With Rescue Flight to Kick Off 2021 Adoption Campaign Lori M. Nichols/St. Huberts Animal Welfare Center Since the flight, New Jersey's St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center and Massachusetts' Northeast Animal Shelter and MSPCA-Angell have found homes for 66 of the airlifted dogs and all 99 cats. Hundreds of NBC and Telemundo owned and affiliated stations partnered with more than 1,300 animal shelters to help these airlifted pets — and thousands more — find families this year. Since its start in 2015, the Clear The Shelters campaign has led to more than 688,000 pet adoptions. Animal lovers who would like to contribute to this year's successful campaign can still donate to the Clear the Shelters Fund. Thanks to Greater Good Charities and The Animal Rescue Site, the fund is free of transaction fees so that 100 percent of donations go to animals in need.