MIRAMAR, FLORIDA – (August 22, 2019) – More than 1,100 pets were adopted in South Florida during NBC 6 and Telemundo 51’s fifth annual Clear The Shelters™ pet adoption drive. The campaign launched in July and culminated on Saturday, August 17. Across the country, more than 135,000 pets - and counting - found new homes.

“We are extremely proud to support the arduous work of shelters and rescues as they continue to make a difference in our communities,” said Larry Olevitch, President and General Manager at NBC 6. “It’s wonderful to see so many pets find loving families through our stations’ initiative year after year.”

In South Florida, there were many success stories including two 16-year-old dogs suffering from tumors that were adopted by a retiree. There were also many pets that had been living at shelters for several months and went home to their new families on Saturday. Click here to learn about Herbert, an 8-year-old American Staffordshire, who got adopted after spending a year at Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Center.

“For the fifth year in a row, Telemundo 51 viewers joined our efforts to Clear the Shelters. We are elated by the amount of support this initiative has received from our community and how many pets found new loving homes during this year’s campaign.” said Jorge Carballo, President and General Manager, Telemundo 51.

For more information about local Clear The Shelters efforts and to see the photo galleries from Saturday’s event, visit You can also follow the effort on Twitter @ClearTheShelter, and on social media by following the hashtags #ClearTheShelters and #DesocuparLosAlbergues.

About NBC6

NBC 6 / WTVJ is the NBC-owned station serving Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties. NBC 6 was Florida’s first television station and has been covering news in South Florida for more than 70 years. WTVJ was founded on three basic principles: commitment to the community, excellence in journalism and pioneering and innovation. Today, NBC 6 produces more than 30 hours of local news and programming per week, delivers dynamic multi-platform content on and COZI TV and continues its commitment to the community by cultivating local partnerships and capturing the diversity of South Florida.

About Telemundo51

Telemundo 51 / WSCV is Telemundo’s local television station serving the Spanish-speaking community in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area, the third largest Hispanic market in the country. Owned by NBCUniversal, Telemundo 51 has been delivering local news, information and entertainment to viewers throughout South Florida since 1985. Telemundo 51 is the preferred station for local news in a diverse market that is nearly half Hispanic, made up of more than two million Spanish-speaking people whose backgrounds represent over 20 nationalities. Telemundo 51 is committed to covering issues important to the community as well as partnering with and supporting local organizations that are making a difference in the areas of education, health, civic engagement and the environment. Telemundo 51 is also accessible to South Florida Hispanics online at and via mobile and social media platforms.

About Clear The Shelters

Clear The Shelters™ / Desocupar Los Albergues® is an annual, nationwide pet adoption campaign that is spearheaded by NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal. Every year, NBCUniversal’s TV stations, plus affiliate stations partner with local animal shelters and rescues in their communities to host Clear The Shelters events. NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear The Shelters campaign was inspired by a 2014 North Texas pet adoption event hosted by NBC 5 / KXAS and Telemundo 39 / KXTX and dozens of area shelters that resulted in the most adopted pets in one day for North Texas. Since 2015, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear The Shelters pet adoption campaign has inspired thousands of families all across the country to open their homes and hearts to shelter pets. Visit / for more information. Follow the effort on Twitter @ClearTheShelter, and on social media using the hashtags #ClearTheShelters and #DesocuparLosAlbergues.


Claudia Keppinger

Susan Solano Vila
Telemundo 51