103 pets find ‘forever home' during weekend adoption event

Source: SPCA of Livingston
Source: SPCA of Livingston

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A three day adoption event went a long way to help local shelters find "forever" homes for pets, but organizers say the empty spots will not last long.

"We'll be full again by Friday," Terri Dunlap, President of SPCA of Livingston, said. "I spent the day restocking."

The SPCA was only one of several groups to participate in PetSmart Charities Nation Adoption Weekend. The pet adoption event kicked off Friday morning at the PetSmart on Millerville and continued through the evening on Sunday.

"We saw thousands of people," Dunlap said. "We got some new volunteers to help out, we got to network with other groups, and it was just a good time for everyone."

A total of 103 animals were adopted.

"Out of the 103, 62 came from the SPCA of Livingston," Dunlap said.

Although the dogs stole the show, there were all kinds of furry options.

"Out of the 62, 8 were cats and there was a Guinea pig named Gwendolyn," Dunlap said with a laugh. "People came a long way to try and get Gwendolyn."

Unfortunately, the work of animal advocates is never done.

"As soon as you adopt out that many animals and you post the information online, you start getting calls from the shelters," Dunlap explained. "We had over 130 animals in our care when we adopted out 62 at the event. A lot of those were mothers with babies too young to be adopted. So in three weeks or so, we'll be out there again, trying to find them homes."

For more information, call the Livingston SPCA at (225) 788-6940.

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