Residents of Louisville, Kentucky, rallied to help when Metro Animal Services (MAS) shelter sent out a distress call to adopt sheltered dogs in danger from an outbreak, reports CBS-affiliate WLKY News.
The animal rescue shelter
had a few dogs get sick and needed to move animals quickly or they would be euthanized, so it called on the public for help. For one day people were able to adopt pets for $9 and the shelter tried to find homes for every pet.
"We are thrilled with the response from the community and even more thrilled that these deserving pets have found new homes," Susan Neumayer, MAS interim director, told the source. "I'd like to offer a big thank you to everyone who turned out to make this happen today."
The success of the event will allow the shelter to do a thorough cleaning of its facilities before letting rescue animals back inside.
There has been a notable decrease in the amount of animals that shelters euthanize, from around 25 percent of American dogs and cats a year in the 1970s to about 3 percent today, the Humane Society of the United States reports.