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SoCal Families Help #CleartheShelters

More than 2,700 homeless animals were adopted at shelters across Southern California on Clear the Shelters day — a nationwide pet adoption drive.

Animal lovers stood in long lines outside shelters Saturday morning, patiently waiting to meet and adopt a furry friend.

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NBC4 Southern California and Telemundo 52 Los Angeles anchors and reporters were on hand at several of the more than 55 shelters and rescue organizations to welcome families to give animals a loving home.

Nationwide, more than 46,000 pets were adopted from the start of July through Saturday as part of the campaign, and more than 8,000 pets were adopted Saturday alone.

The Yucca Valley Animal Shelter, only three years old, had 36 pets adopted.

There were 23 dogs and 13 cats adopted.

In December, during their grand opening 20 animals were adopted. 

"We are a small shelter, so for us these are wonderful numbers for a day," said Doug Smith, animal care and control manager.

One furry friend, Ruth, was adopted by the Leon family.  The Leon family however didn't feel that Ruth was the perfect fit so Ruth left the Irvine Animal Care Center heading to a new home with a new name - Daisy. 

The Clear the Shelters event was a “doggone” success as pets found new homes. Vikki Vargas reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2016.

"She was a stray, it said on her paperwork," said Monique Leon, who adopted Daisy. We can't believe such a little sweetheart was out on the street. She was very mellow and very sweet with everybody whose come and said hi to her."

The Leon family decided to add Daisy to the clan as a surprise for her husband, who is away on military training. 

More than 100 pets found new, loving homes during the Clear the Shelters adoption event in Long Beach. Hetty Chang reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2016.

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