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'Nothing More Loving Than a Rescue Dog': Lester Holt Talks Clear the Shelters

"NBC Nightly News" anchor Lester Holt talks Clear the Shelters with Corey Price of Texas' Irving Animal Shelter

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    "There's nothing more loving than a rescue dog."

    Those are the words of "NBC Nightly News" anchor Lester Holt, who sat down with Corey Price of the Irving Animal Shelter in North Texas last year ahead of the annual Clear the Shelters adoption drive. The event started in North Texas in 2014 and expanded nationally in 2015.

    "They come in a little scared and it's so great to see them go home adopted and loved," Price explained. "And their personalities really change once they go home."

    Holt, who has had two rescue dogs himself, said it may not occur to many prospective pet owners to look in a shelter for their new furry friends.

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    Kevin, a teen with autism and cerebral palsy, knew he found a forever friend when he met Yukon, an eight month old great dane, at a kennel. Kevin's mother, Tabatha Branch, said the feeling was mutual.

    "It was really amazing when we got there to the rescue shelter when they brought Yukon back out he immediately just walked up to Kevin and wrapped his arms around and laid his little head on him, it was so precious. It was just like instant," Branch told NBC affiliate WBBH.

    Branch said she believes Yukon would know if her son was going to have a seizure and alert them, adding that the family is happy Kevin has found such a loyal best friend.

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    "I think people, when they think about getting a pet, they don’t always know where to go," Price agreed. "So this campaign [Clear the Shelters] has done an amazing job of just raising awareness about all the animal shelters and that we have great animals."

    The Irving Animal Shelter is one of hundreds around the country that will waive or discount adoption fees on August 19 as part of the annual Clear the Shelters pet adoption drive sponsored by NBC Owned Stations and Telemundo.

    More than 53,000 pets were adopted through the 2016 Clear the Shelters campaign, a nationwide push to place deserving animals in forever homes. Join the conversation on social media using #ClearTheShelters.