INDIANAPOLIS -- Over 130 animals found their 'furever' home during the Humane Society of Indianapolis' "Home for the Pawlidayz" event.
It was a first-of-its-kind promotion at the shelter. The event ran through Monday afternoon and offered free adoptions for dogs and cats thanks to the generosity of Zappos.com.
Zappos.com and Best Friends Animal Society sponsored $1.25 million in adoptions at shelters nationwide.
The event was so successful on Sunday that all available animals were adopted. 23 more were made available Monday afternoon and were also adopted.
In total, 137 dogs and cats found their new home because of the event.
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It was the first time the Humane Society of Indianapolis was able to offer free adoptions without taking a loss.
“This is a first for us,” said Kristen McGuire, Director of Customer Experience for the Humane Society of Indianapolis. “This allows us to offer this to the community and still maintain our status and be able to fund our programs.”
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The event kicked off Friday afternoon at 1 p.m., but people were lined up by 9:30 am, including the Stevens family.
The Stevens family found a male kitten named Dash and adopted him.
Before an animal can go out the door, the family has to fill out an application and meet with an adoption counselor.
“There is no adoption that’s guaranteed,” said McGuire. “There’s a lot of times where people come in and it’s just not the right fit or the right animal.”
More than 9,000 animals are euthanized every day in the United States simply because they don’t have a place to call home.
Zappos and Best Friends’ goal is to see more than 9,000 dogs and cats adopted nationwide as part of the initiative.
For more information, visit indyhumane.org .