These U.S. Champions Used their Fame to Help Shelter Animals

Living like a world-champion athlete representing your country seems, well, hard. It involves a lot of exercise and early mornings and paying way more attention to what you eat than most of us would like to. But we just discovered one way of living like a famous athlete that we can all get behind with ease.

Team U.S.A. champs including Simone Biles, Venus Williams, Michael Phelps, Kerry Walsh, and Gabby Douglass, teamed up with NBCUniversal on a campaign called “Clear the Shelters,” encouraging fans to get out and adopt pets in need. According to People, 40 local NBC and Telemundo television stations, hundreds of animal shelters, and lots of famed athletes got involved in the effort.

Incentives for opening your home to a pet in need as part of this campaign went beyond the Rio tie-in. Adoption fees and spay/neuter fees were waived or reduced when families went through Clear the Shelters. Anything that makes it easier for people to share their love with animals in need is a great cause in our book.

The Clear the Shelters adoption drive took place on July 23, but you can still visit the campaign’s website for more information about pet adoption and watch the rest of the Games on NBC through August 21.

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