CHARLOTTE -- NBC Charlotte, along with NBC stations across the country, took part in a groundbreaking pet adoption campaign that takes place Saturday in Charlotte and cities across the United States.
This year, over 200 pets in NBC Charlotte's viewing area found new homes Saturday. CMPD Animal Care and Control reported 77 total adoptions, Gaston County reported 48, 40 pets found new homes in Iredell County, Humane Society of Catawba County recorded 27 adoptions and 63 animals from the Lincoln County Animal Services found new homes.
Clear the Shelters is an effort to find new homes for homeless pets. Many shelters have agreed to waive or reduce adoption fees Saturday to encourage people to adopt the animals.
"That's a great value when you think of all you are getting with that animal," said Melissa Knicely of CMPD Animal Care and Control.
It returns for a second consecutive year after last year’s highly successful inaugural effort, which resulted in nearly 20,000 animals finding new homes.
Animal shelters are typically overcrowded in the summer because of spring litters.
"[It's] very important to find them all homes," said Shannon Osella, a volunteer. "We've saved a lot this summer, a lot more than previous years."
PHOTOS: Pets find new homes in the Charlotte area
Here is the list of shelters who participated in the event:
Humane Society of Charlotte
2700 Toomey Ave
Charlotte, NC 28203
Humane Society of York County
8177 Regent Pkwy
Fort Mill, SC 29715
Gaston County Animal Care & Enforcement
220 Leisure Lane
Dallas, NC 28034
CMPD Animal Control
8315 Byrum Drive
Charlotte, NC 28217
5235 Hwy 15-501
Carthage, NC 28327
3224 20th Avenue, SE
Hickory, NC 28601
430 Bristol Dr.
Statesville, NC 28677
Lincolnton, NC 28092
1602 Airport Rd.
Shelby, NC 28150
Visit CleartheShelters.com for more information.