Shelters across state give animals chance for new home - WNEM TV 5

Shelters across state give animals chance for new home

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People across Mid-Michigan had the opportunity to bring home a new four-legged friend this weekend.

Petfest gave animals from shelters all over the state a chance to find a new home.

When Debora Kramer and Evan Sargent saw the big ears on Maria, they knew they'd found their new friend.

“She came up right to us in the pen and she wouldn't stop so I thought ‘Yup that's her,’” Kramer said. “This is Maria and we just adopted her. We just lost our pet and it was too empty in the house. We thought we’d wait a month but here it’s only a week out and we couldn’t have the empty house too long.”

The pair found Maria at the 11th annual Petfest, an animal adoption event inviting shelters all over and boasted hundreds of pets to take home.

From Pit bulls to fluffy kittens, the organizers hoped all the animals find a new family.

“Last year, we had 60 adoptions. If we had 61 it would be an all-time record. So we’d be super happy with that,” Coordinator Dawnell Binder said.

Even though it was a rainy, muggy day for the event, the space was packed with people looking for their new best friend.

Unfortunately, millions of dogs and cats in America are put down every year. Some shelters just don’t have the space.

“We kill over 4 million animals in this country every year. Majority of whom are healthy and very adoptable. Simply because we don't have the room. So spay and neuter your pet, and when you want an animal, adopt,” Binder said.

Several organizations including Firstmerit Bank and Kettering helped make the free adoption event possible.

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