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In hopes of finding homes for more than 800 animals, the Humane Society of Greater Miami kicked off its second annual 24-hour pet adoption event.
"We joined forces with Animal Services and the Cat Network and lots of other local rescue groups, and we're giving them an opportunity to showcase all their animals because we need to find homes for all the abandoned and homeless animals in our community,” said Laurie Hoffman with the human society.
On midnight Friday, puppies and kittens kicked off the adoption event, located at Tropical Park in Miami. More than 800 animals are available with discounted adoption fees.
“Our goal this year is to find homes for at least 600 deserving cats and dogs,” said Donna Tallon, the Executive Director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. “With the communities’ help, I am confident that we can do it!”
Miami-Dade Animal Services said it receives more than 30,000 pets a year. As of noon Saturday, 200 dogs and cats were adopted and more than 2,000 people stopped by.
"In difficult economic times, people have to give up their animals in record numbers,” Hoffman said. “It's very sad, and we do the best we can, but we can't help them all so we need people to adopt, because the more they adopt the more we can save."
Entertainment, food and refreshments are available at the adoption marathon. Admission and parking are free.
The 24-hour adoption ends midnight Saturday.