SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Santa Barbara Animal Services held free adoptions for pets in Santa Barbara County over the weekend.
Saturday was a busy day at the Santa Maria Animal Center where free adoptions took place all day.
But it was the volunteers who made the day so special for new pet owners.
"Our volunteers truly drive our shelter and make us great," said Community Outreach Coordinator of the Santa Barbara Animal Services Stacy Silva.
The shelter says they would not be able to do its service for the community without their help.
"We have a volunteer program that is made up of members from all different walks of life in our community. Animal loving people that want to make a difference," said Silva.
Volunteers like Libby Walling, who has been volunteering at the shelter for five years.
"It's exciting. I know I am doing something good for the animals and that's what matters to me," said Walling.
On Saturday's free adoption day, volunteers helped get 44 pets adopted in Santa Maria, 16 in Santa Barbara, and 7 in Lompoc.
"It's just nice to have the support from the community, have the support from all the staff here and
have a location for the dogs, cats and rabbits," said Orcutt resident and repeat adopter at the Animal Center, Tamera Veglia.
The event was held in hopes to help animals find homes with people who may shy away due to the adoption fees. The many volunteers made sure it all went smoothly.
"I think it's really important that we do have volunteers like this because we can take the majority of the work on days like this when our staff is really busy," said Walling.
"They came out in full force to help us do adoption counseling, and help people meet their match," said Silva.