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'Clear the shelters' adoption drive finds forever homes for 89,000 adorable pets

Over 89,000 animals who had nowhere that they could call home are now in the care of their delighted new owners. 

This is all thanks to a joint effort by local news stations and hundreds of animal shelters across America. 

Clear the Shelters is a nationwide, community-driven pet adoption campaign, dedicated to uniting the perfect pet with it's ideal animal-loving owner. 

It has found homes for more than 243,000 animals since it all started in 2015. 

This is how it works: the NBC and Telemundo stations of Clear the Shelters team up with hundreds of shelters and animal rescues to offer potential pet parents reduced adoption fees for one special day.

On the last day of the adoption drive – which was last week – 854 adoptions happened in one day alone.

How amazing is that?

These animals included one's rescued from Hurricane Maria and Irma, thus bringing the total number of pets  adopted since it opened to over a staggering 240,000.

The drive went so well this year that a few of the participating shelters were actually cleared out! 

A video was uploaded to Facebook by the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, who adopted out 50 animals to their new families, including 26 dogs, 17 cats, 1 gerbil, 4 guinea pigs, and 2 rabbits!

People were showing their support as they commented, ''this brings me to literal tears!! Congratulations! My first dog came from the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. He was the (doggie) love of my life!'' while someone else wrote, ''yea!! Congratulations . Keep up the hard work you guys. I adopted my dog from there 8 years ago and she is amazing. Plan on getting my next dog from AWLA as well.''

Well done to everyone involved – and good luck to all the lucky new pet-owners out there! 

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