Special “Clear The Shelters” recap show hosted by Kelly Clarkson will air on NBC 4 New York beginning on Friday, August 23

Elva Saray will host special program that will air on Telemundo 47 beginning on August 23

NEW YORK, NY – (August 19, 2019) – More than 12,000 local pets were adopted during NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47’s fifth annual Clear the Shelters™ pet adoption drive, which culminated with a one day call-to-action this past Saturday, August 17. Across the country, over 100,000 pets - and counting - were adopted during the fifth annual pet adoption campaign.

“We are thrilled at the continued growth and success of WNBC’s Clear the Shelters campaign. More animal shelters and pet rescues participated this year than ever before, and we also set an all-time high for adoptions, with 12,458 homeless pets connected with forever homes across our region. We thank our viewers for coming out and joining this important effort,” said Eric Lerner, President and General Manager of NBC 4 New York.

Since launching in 2015, animal shelter and pet rescue participation in NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47’s Tri-State Clear the Shelters campaign has rapidly grown.

  • 2015: 42 participating shelters/rescues, generating 1,048 pet adoptions
  • 2016: 54 participating shelters/rescues, generating 1,247 pet adoptions
  • 2017: 94 participating shelters/rescues, generating 4,515 pet adoptions
  • 2018: 118 participating shelters/rescues, generating 9,366 pet adoptions
  • 2019: 134 participating shelters/rescues, generating 12,458 pet adoptions

“The success of this year’s Desocupar Los Albergues campaign is truly remarkable. Our Telemundo 47 viewers heard our call and selflessly opened their homes to thousands of homeless pets in need. Watching so many families and especially the children taking their new pets home was incredibly moving for so many of us, and we look forward to creating even more of those memories in the years to come,” said Cristina Schwarz, General Manager and President, Telemundo 47 New York.

For more information about the stations’ pet adoption campaign, visit You can also follow the effort on Twitter @ClearTheShelter, and on social media using the hashtags #ClearTheShelters and #DesocuparLosAlbergues. To access information in Spanish, please visit and follow #DesocuparlosAlbergues.

About NBC 4 New York / WNBC

NBC 4 New York / WNBC is the flagship station of the NBC Owned Television Stations division of NBCUniversal, serving the New York Tri-State area with an unparalleled commitment to broadcast excellence for 75 years. The station features New York’s largest investigative reporting team, the I-Team and includes Edward R. Murrow and Emmy Award-winning journalists who successfully track down the answers to the questions most important to viewers. Storm Team 4, the station’s trusted weather team, utilizes the most accurate and the most powerful weather technology available to keep Tri-State viewers informed and safe when severe weather strikes. This includes StormTracker 4, the only commercial high-frequency S-Band dual polarization fixed Doppler weather radar operating in the Northeast.

In addition to NBC 4 New York’s primary channel, other programming outlets include COZI TV, the station’s multicast channel, and out-of-home platforms, including TV screens in taxi cabs, elevators and aboard New York-New Jersey PATH trains. The station also delivers news and information across all platforms, including its dedicated website, mobile app and social media platforms. For more information about NBC 4 New York, visit

About Telemundo 47 New York / WNJU

Telemundo 47 / WNJU is the Telemundo television station serving Spanish-speaking viewers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut for more than 50 years. The Tri-State’s Spanish-language broadcasting channel for soccer, Telemundo 47 will offer exclusive Spanish-language coverage of the 2022 and 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup™ tournaments and the 2025 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ tournament. Delivering more than 27 hours of locally-produced news, information and entertainment programing each week, Telemundo 47 offers comprehensive breaking news coverage and features the New York market’s only team of bilingual meteorologists, La Autoridad en El Tiempo, who use cutting-edge technology to keep viewers and their families safe and informed. This includes Tele Doppler 47, con tecnología S band, the most powerful and most accurate weather technology available.

Telemundo 47’s local consumer investigative unit, Telemundo Responde, returns every telephone call, responds to every electronic inquiry and has recovered over $1.5 million for local viewers. The station also features Acceso Total, the region’s only local entertainment variety program with TeleXitos, the station’s multicast network, offering viewers many beloved, iconic television series in an easy-to-watch, comfortable Spanish-language format. As a station, Telemundo 47 demonstrates its commitment to the communities it serves by cultivating local partnerships with organizations that reflect the diversity of the local market. Telemundo 47 also provides news and information across all platforms, online at, and via its dedicated mobile app and across social media.

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.



John Durso, Jr.
(212) 664-5247

Alexandra Trochanowski
(212) 664-6871