SANTA MARIA, Calif. - In celebration of National Clear the Shelters day, the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society waived adoption fees on Saturday. By closing time, the shelter adopted out 28 dogs and cats --twice as many than on their busy days.
“Normally adoptions are $100 to $200 depending on if you're adopting a puppy or a kitten or an adult dog or an adult cat," explained SMVHS Executive Director Sean Hawkins.
Families took up the opportunity to scout out new furry friends.
“She's very fun, she's very active," said Matthew Frazier, who was hoping to convince his mom to let him adopt Tia. " She's pretty, she's a good girl. She's playful and everything.”
Another animal lover said she was happy to find a new best friend.
“I had to put my other dog down –Midnight," said Barbara Barr. "So I guess I'm ready.”
“Dogs and cats have been spayed or neutered, they've been vaccinated, examined by a veterinarian, they have a micro chip and everyone goes home with a free supply of Purina dog or cat food,” explained Hawkins.
Hawkins said the shelter ensures the pets are paired up with the right families.
“Families are gonna sit with an adoption counselor; we're gonna make sure that we're finding the right fit between the pet and the family and make sure that those pets go home and are set up for success in their new home.”
The shelter also follows up with every new pet owner after the adoption.
The Santa Maria Valley Humane Society sent other pets to PetSmart, Petco, and the Cat Therapy Cafe in Santa Barbara for adoption, too.