As local animal shelters are still working to help pets in the path of recent hurricanes, Angels of Assisi hosted a large-scale adoption event to help dozens of furry friends find forever homes.
Dogs and cats aren’t your typical ticket holders at the Berglund Center, but at Saturday’s Mega Adoption Event, they were the stars of the show as many people searched for a new addition to the family.
“We have a small dog at home that is very energetic, and we wanted to get her a friend,” said Sara Wright, a Roanoke resident.
That friend is a nine-month-old dog named Ellie. She headed home with Wright and her husband after arriving in Roanoke from Florida.
“There’s so many dogs in the shelters that really need homes, so it’s definitely close to my heart to make sure that they don’t have to spend another night in the shelter if they don’t have to,” Wright said.
While many pets available were from Florida, there were also several from Southwest Virginia that still needed forever homes.
“We’re helping people get through their applications as fast as we can,” said Lisa O’Neill, executive director of Angels of Assisi.
The shelter was trying to find new homes for about 60 pets, ranging from dogs and cats to bunnies and potbelly pigs, O’Neill said. The shelter has been more crowded lately due to the pets brought in shortly before Hurricane Irma, she added.
“People like to help animals – we see that all the time,” O’Neill said. “So when we can get everybody together and try to make it accessible – there’s a lot of parking here; there’s a lot of space to meet the dogs and the cats.”
Animal lovers we spoke with said they agree they’re glad to help local shelters have more space.
“There was already so many dogs in the shelters down there and so many up here already, so for them to go down and get a whole truckload of them was really awesome,” Wright said.
Organizers are considering hosting another Mega Adoption Event in the future, O’Neill said.