Pets & Animals

Clear the shelters: Learn how you can give a pet a loving home

After a long day at work, imagine coming home to someone who is beyond excited to see you — and we don't mean your kids or spouse. What if you were greeted by a fluffy, four-legged friend, wagging his (or her) tail as soon as you opened the door?

Well, pet lovers, this fantasy could soon be your reality.

Starting this Saturday, July 23, "Clear the Shelters" is holding its nationwide pet adoption drive. More than 625 shelters across the country will be reducing or dropping their adoption fees for one day to help give pets a loving home and owner. Here's your chance!

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'Clear the Shelters': Pet adoption fees will be lower during nationwide drive

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Adopting rescue pets has special and significant meaning for TODAY. Our very own Hoda Kotb, Al Roker and Natalie Morales all have shelter dogs in their homes. Check out Hoda with Blake, Al with Pepper and Natalie with Zara:

Hoda with Blake

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Hoda with her dog Blake

Al's dog Pepper

#ilovemydog Say hi to Pepper. #havanese #rescuedog

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Natalie and her family with Zara

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"New family portrait with Zara!" Natalie wrote in a 2012 tweet.

Find more information about the adoption drive and the shelters participating here. And tune in next week on NBC to watch TODAY's Natalie Morales host a pet adoption special.

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Our teary final day with TODAY's Puppy with a Purpose: Wrangler!

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