DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – More than 72,000 pets were rescued just Saturday alone from shelters across the country.
Here in the Miami Valley, more than 50 pets found families Saturday.
SICSA in Kettering saw 28 total adoptions and 26 pets fround their forever homes from the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.
2 NEWS Anchor Brooke Moore was at SICSA for the Clear The Shelters event.
The goal of the event is to find these animals a wonderful home and empty crates are a good sign.
Saturday afternoon, dogs like Gino met their new owners.
Catherine Conner and Christian Rinehart said, “He’s just really adorable, he’s small.”
Families across the Miami Valley came to SICSA and the Humane Society of Greater Dayton in hopes of bringing home a new pet at a discounted rate.
Jessica Garringer, Marketing and Public Relations Manager for the Humane Society of Greater Dayton said, “Well it’s a wonderful event just because it gets people in the shelter and a lot of people don’t realize that we have rabbits for adoption and ferrets and things other than cats and dogs.”
One after the other the animals were greeted with open arms.
“She was described as a big, beautiful lady,” said Sean Callahan who adopted three-year-old Penelope.
“She’s a very fat cat. But we’re very excited,” said Callahan.
After filling out the application, Callahan and others were able to meet the animals one on one.
“It wasn’t a hard decision, we walked in, sat down [and] she crawled right up to us, and we’re done,” said Callahan.
It was also love at first sight for Christian Rinehart.
The Clear the Shelters event happened to coincide with Christian’s birthday which brought him and his sister to SICSA.
“It’s a little sad, but it’s also nice to know that they won’t hurt the dogs and they’ll just keep them here until they can find a home for them,” Rinehart said.
And while not every animal found their forever home during the event local shelters are working year-round to find all of their animals a new family.