Hundreds of pets remain after mega adoption

More than 800 pets adopted at weekend event

Published On: Dec 03 2012 12:13:10 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 03 2012 12:25:24 PM EST
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

There are still hundreds of dogs and cats looking for a forever home, even after the massive pet adoption over the weekend.

There were 1,200 animals in need of a home, and 803 found one. That leaves nearly 400 pets homeless.

The hope is to lower euthanasia rates at community animal shelters.

"There's still a lot of animals in our shelters that need homes for the holidays, and we're asking the community come out, adopt don't shop," said Dianne Wiles, of First Coast No More Homeless Pets. "There's some great animals out there that need homes. We still want to clear out the shelters for the holidays."

Animal Care and Protective Services still has to euthanize perfectly adoptable animals when it is over capacity. The good news is, because so many were adopted this weekend, the Jacksonville Humane Society took in the rest of the dogs that were at Animal Care and Protective Services, meaning they won't be put down.

About 8,000 people went to the mega adoption, a little less than the last big local adoption event, and animal workers are hoping people trickle into the shelters to help the remaining pets.

All adoptable pets will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.

The price for a cute face is $20, which pays for the city license.

Tiffany Shovish adopted a dog over the weekend and said they had a great first weekend together.

"We wanted a puppy, but she's perfect because we don't have to do the potty training and gives him another chance to get out and experience more life and not be stuck in one place," Shovish said.

Wiles said a lot of times people want puppies and kittens, but by giving an adult dog or cat a chance, people will be surprised at how much age doesn't matter.

"They really call out to you," Wiles said. "When you're looking for a pet, you might think you want this type of pet, but you're going to see that one pet that calls out to you, and you're going to create that bond and have a forever friend."