Visit To Find Out How You Can Adopt A Pet Virtually Or Donate Online To Help A Shelter Near You

SAN JOSE, CA– (August 3, 2020) – NBC Bay Area / KNTV and Telemundo 48 Area de la Bahia / KSTS present their popular Clear The Shelters pet adoption campaign this month. To help individuals and communities continue to practice safe social distancing measures, this year’s initiative will run from August 1 through August 31, feature virtual pet adoptions and make it easy for people to donate online to participating shelters/rescues. This is the sixth consecutive year that NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 present their popular pet adoption campaign to Bay Area communities. Since 2015, NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48’s local Clear The Shelters campaign has helped more than 17,700 pets find new homes. Visit for more information.

“We are proud to be able to present this year’s Clear the Shelters campaign through our digital platforms allowing the public to donate and navigate the adoption process virtually in light of the need to practice social distancing,” said Stacy Owen, President and General Manager of NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48. “Right now, shelters are in most need of monetary donations to quickly meet the most urgent needs. Funds raised from our Clear the Shelters campaign this year will help care for animals during and after this crisis.”

Throughout August, both stations will feature animal-related news stories to further raise awareness about the importance of pet adoptions, fostering pets, and other ways to support local animal shelters in the Bay Area.

This year’s Clear the Shelters’ “Adopt & Donate” campaign features many ways to support your local shelters & rescues. Ways to adopt and donate:

  • Visit and use the interactive map to find a participating shelter & rescue near them and navigate directly to their adoption page.
  • Users can also find participating shelters & rescues with the We Rescue iOS app to locate adoptable pets near their zip code, submit their pet adoption applications through shelters’ websites, and ask questions directly to shelters.
  • Individuals who are interested in making a monetary donation to a shelter/rescue, please visit’s Clear The Shelters donation site
  • Also, 24PetWatch is enabling shelters to increase their exposure through, a free website providing a full list of participating shelters and their adoptable pets along with a link to contact them.

Follow the effort on Twitter @ClearTheShelter, and on social media using the hashtags #ClearTheShelters and #DesocuparLosAlbergues.


About NBC Bay Area / KNTV

Owned by NBCUniversal, NBC Bay Area / KNTV is the Bay Area’s investigative station located in the heart of Silicon Valley. The station is committed to providing continuous, in-depth journalism with unique personalities. Along with broadcasting NBC’s award-winning daytime, prime-time and late night programming, NBC Bay Area produces more than 32 hours of news programming each week. The station can be seen locally on Comcast 3 and 703 and over-the-air on 11. COZI TV, the station’s digital network, offers a full schedule of America’s most beloved and iconic television series, hit movies and original programming. COZI TV can be seen locally on Comcast 186 and over-the-air on 11.3.

About Telemundo Telemundo 48 / KSTS

Telemundo 48 / KSTS is Telemundo’s local television station serving the Spanish-speaking community throughout the Bay Area. Owned by NBCUniversal, the station is committed to providing viewers with breaking news and in-depth journalism with their award-winning team of reporters, offering the most up-to-date local news, weather, sports and entertainment headlines through a variety of platforms, including online at and via mobile and social media channels.

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 (NBC and Telemundo owned stations), plus affiliated 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 resulted in more than 410,000 pets finding new homes. Visit, for more information.



Liza Catalan