Lifestyle Pets Help U.S. Olympians 'Clear the Shelters' by Adopting an Adorable Pet Michael Phelps, Gabby Douglas and more Olympic greats are helping NBC Universal find a home for every adoptable dog and cat 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 July 25, 2016 02:18 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 09 NBCUniversal NBCUniversal wants to see every adoptable pet find a home, where they can watch the Olympics and snuggle with their families. To reach this goal the media company is gearing up for its second annual Clear the Shelters campaign, an effort that spans 40 local NBC and Telemundo television stations, hundreds of animal shelters, and numerous U.S. Olympian hearts. Athletes like swimmer Michael Phelps are doing their part, by posing with adoptable pets to raise awareness about the thousands of adorable animals that are in shelters looking for love. To see more of 2016's U.S. Olympic team tune into the Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony on August 5 on NBC. The Games run for two weeks, ending August 21. 02 of 09 GABBY DOUGLAS NBCUniversal On July 23, pups like the one Douglas is holding will be available for adoption at shelters participating in the Clear the Shelters campaign. You can find out what facilities near you are involved by visiting Clear the Shelters' website. 03 of 09 Alex Morgan NBCUniversal Even better, pups like the cutie soccer star Alex Morgan is holding will be available for adoption with a waived or reduced adoption fee or a waived spay/neuter fee, making it even easier to bring one of these sweeties into your home. 04 of 09 Ryan Lochte NBCUniversal Beyond the efforts of swimmer Ryan Lochte and the shelters, participating local news channels will air special shows and programming to promote the Clear the Shelters campaign and will address issues like animal welfare awareness and shelter overpopulation. 05 of 09 Missy Franklin NBCUniversal This entire one-day, nationwide adoption drive is all about the animals, and getting pets, like the one pictured with swimmer Franklin, into your loving arms. 06 of 09 Nathan Adrian NBCUniversal Last year, the inaugural event managed to find homes for over 20,000 pets, even without the help of swimmer Adrian and his fellow Olympians. 07 of 09 VENUS WILLIAMS NBCUniversal These numbers meant a lot to the local shelters involved in last year's Clear the Shelters campaign. Many of the facilities saw a 90% increase in adoptions overall following the event, which means the work of Clear the Shelters and its supporters, like Venus Williams, helped to find even more pets homes. 08 of 09 Kerri Walsh NBCUniversal Beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh and dozens of other celebrities like Mario Lopez, Lisa Vanderpump, Rachael Ray and more, are spreading the word about Clear the Shelters' one-day adoption drive on July 23, and you can too! 09 of 09 Justin Gatlin NBCUniversal If the dog sprinter Justin Gatlin is paling around with, or any of the other Olympic pups, have won over your heart, make sure to visit a Clear the Shelters facility on July 23. All of these adorable dogs are from shelters participating in the campaign this year, and there are thousands more waiting for you.