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524 Dogs & Cats Attended A Massive Adoption Event – And They ALL Found Homes!
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524 Dogs & Cats Attended A Massive Adoption Event – And They ALL Found Homes!

Last weekend, 3,500 people queued up for the most beautiful reason ever. They had gathered to attend an adoption event hosted by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in Sanford, North Carolina. 524 dogs and cats rescued from appalling conditions were waiting to find their forever home.

“By 9:45 A.M. [Friday], at least 300 people were in line, and groups of 50 at a time were ushered to a large shaded tent where they filled out adoption applications,” ASPCA writes on their website. “The bell rang 524 times over two days to celebrate each rescued dog or cat that was getting a second chance at life,” ASPCA stated.

Owen, an elderly dog, was the last canine to find a home. 170 ASPCA responders were singing “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” as his human was walking him out.

At 1:40 P.M. Saturday, the bell rang one last time.

More info: aspca.org

Last weekend, 3,500 people queued up for the most beautiful reason

They had gathered to attend an adoption event hosted by ASPCA in Sanford, North Carolina

“By 9:45 A.M. [Friday], at least 300 people were in line”

524 dogs and cats rescued from appalling conditions were waiting to find their forever home

A bell rang each time an animal was adopted

By 6:00 P.M. Friday, the bell had already rung 430 times

“We’ve cared for these animals for seven weeks, and their moods have shifted dramatically,” said ASPCA’s Tim Rickey

“It’s exciting to put positive closure to this”

At 1:40 P.M. Saturday, the bell rang one last time

This is what all shelters should look like!

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DianePetykowski
Community Member
6 years ago

I Live not far from Sanford, have been wanting to adopt since our Golden Retrievers passed away of old age. Amazed at the overwhelming turnout and can only HOPE and PRAY that the new homes/pet parents will be trustworthy and PERMANENT good homes for these animals!!? Seems to me that it was impossible to screen people adequately in that SHORT time!!! Were there any potentially cruel "adopters" there? Irresponsible people who won't keep their "new, fun" pet??? PLEASE give us the ENTIRE story, ASPCA!!! Thank you for your Herculean efforts....

HeatherOgden
Community Member
6 years ago

Honestly in this situation it was just better off for the ASPCA to do the mass adoption quickly then screen people. The conditions these animals were in at that unlicensed shelter in Raeford (300 dogs 250 cats 40 horses) were appalling and abusive then the ASPCA stepped in to save them but they cant take care of all those animals at once for a long period of time. I cant even imagine the # of dead animals they found at that shelter. I think all we can do is hope that the percentage of animals that will get into abusers hands or animals that will be returned to another shelter will be minimal. To Arthur's point I do hope the long lines would be a detractor for the sickos out there

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JenDawe
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6 years ago

This LOOKS wonderful........ I just hope the lack of background checks and fees did not put them in the hands of someone worse..... Like BAIT for fighting dogs!

macah
Community Member
6 years ago

Awesome

TrischArmading
Community Member
6 years ago

This update on the animals rescued from The Haven made my day! To those concerned about the lack of fees and short screening process, please be happy for the dogs and cats that were adopted. I understand the concerns and I have also worked for shelters and participated in the screening process. Not sure if anyone commenting had been to the shelter when is was open. I have. I've also met the manager. I have never been so horrified and upset by the conditions at the shelter. Having moved a lot around the country I have seen many shelters of all sizes and budgets. This was by far the most awful I have seen. One of my three dogs is from there. He had lived at the shelter for over two years outside in a chainlink pen on dirt with multiple dogs per pen, and little protection other than a large plastic barrel turned on its side. The cats were even worse off. Most of those animals at the adoption would have lived the rest of their lives in those conditions with no hope.

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DianePetykowski
Community Member
6 years ago

I Live not far from Sanford, have been wanting to adopt since our Golden Retrievers passed away of old age. Amazed at the overwhelming turnout and can only HOPE and PRAY that the new homes/pet parents will be trustworthy and PERMANENT good homes for these animals!!? Seems to me that it was impossible to screen people adequately in that SHORT time!!! Were there any potentially cruel "adopters" there? Irresponsible people who won't keep their "new, fun" pet??? PLEASE give us the ENTIRE story, ASPCA!!! Thank you for your Herculean efforts....

HeatherOgden
Community Member
6 years ago

Honestly in this situation it was just better off for the ASPCA to do the mass adoption quickly then screen people. The conditions these animals were in at that unlicensed shelter in Raeford (300 dogs 250 cats 40 horses) were appalling and abusive then the ASPCA stepped in to save them but they cant take care of all those animals at once for a long period of time. I cant even imagine the # of dead animals they found at that shelter. I think all we can do is hope that the percentage of animals that will get into abusers hands or animals that will be returned to another shelter will be minimal. To Arthur's point I do hope the long lines would be a detractor for the sickos out there

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JenDawe
Community Member
6 years ago

This LOOKS wonderful........ I just hope the lack of background checks and fees did not put them in the hands of someone worse..... Like BAIT for fighting dogs!

macah
Community Member
6 years ago

Awesome

TrischArmading
Community Member
6 years ago

This update on the animals rescued from The Haven made my day! To those concerned about the lack of fees and short screening process, please be happy for the dogs and cats that were adopted. I understand the concerns and I have also worked for shelters and participated in the screening process. Not sure if anyone commenting had been to the shelter when is was open. I have. I've also met the manager. I have never been so horrified and upset by the conditions at the shelter. Having moved a lot around the country I have seen many shelters of all sizes and budgets. This was by far the most awful I have seen. One of my three dogs is from there. He had lived at the shelter for over two years outside in a chainlink pen on dirt with multiple dogs per pen, and little protection other than a large plastic barrel turned on its side. The cats were even worse off. Most of those animals at the adoption would have lived the rest of their lives in those conditions with no hope.

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