Dogs watched the parade of visitors on the national Clear the Shelters Day at the San Diego county animal shelter. Photo by Chris Stone

More than 2,500 pets were adopted in San Diego County during the Clear the Shelters campaign, in which 15 shelters waived their normal adoption fees, the sponsors announced Tuesday.

The third annual campaign that ended Saturday with Clear the Shelters Day was sponsored by NBC 7 and Telemundo 20.

“In three weeks over 2,500 shelter animals around San Diego County found loving homes, more than 700 of them in just one day,” said Richard Kelley, president and general manager of NBC 7 and Telemundo 20. “We are grateful to our shelter partners, the hundreds of families that adopted and to our valued sponsors who helped us raise even more awareness about pet adoption.”

About 70,000 pets were adopted nationally via the campaign.

On Saturday alone, 306 pets were adopted from the county’s three shelters, beating last year’s total by two. Overall on the final day, 739 animals in participating shelters in the San Diego region found homes, according to the county Department of Animal Services.

–City News Service

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