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Clear the Shelters helps pets nationwide find their forever homes

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -- Many animal shelters in Siouxland, and the U.S., have been affected by the pandemic.

NBC and Telemundo-owned stations are teaming up to help animal shelters across the nation with "Clear the Shelters" Month.

Throughout the month, the adoption drives are placing the focus on shelters during their time of need.

"Clear the Shelters" involves several different ways to take part, besides adoption.

Clear the Shelters is helping pets nationwide find their forever home.

"No pet wants to be here at a shelter," said Kelly Erie, Siouxland Humane Society.

Kelly Erie with the Siouxland Humane Society says it's always great seeing pets going home.

"It's just to bring awareness of all the great pets that are sitting in shelters, that they don't need to be. They need to be in that home. They need to be snuggled up and loved," said Erie.

Chris Wall, with the Sioux City Animal Adoption and Rescue Center, says the pandemic has hit animal shelters hard.

"It's literally a case of every little bit helps. You know any time that somebody wants to donate to us, you know it really is appreciated," said Chris Wall, Sioux City Animal Adoption and Rescue Center.

Wall adds, Clear the Shelters is a great way to get the animals to those loving homes.

"We're not in it for the money. It is purely about getting these animals into homes," said Wall.

The experts advise: make sure you do your research before taking home the newest member of your family.

Pets want to be in a loving home. They want a family to love them. They have unconditional love, and they're just looking for someone to give it to. So, hopefully, it's you," said Erie.

Erie says if adoption isn't the right fit for you now, you can always volunteer or even sponsor a shelter animal.

For more on Clear the Shelters, you can check out their website by clicking here.

You can also check out the Siouxland Humane Society, here. And you can click here for the Sioux City Animal Adoptions and Rescue Center.

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