CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A three-day pet adoption event held over the weekend set a statewide record in terms of the number of pets placed in “forever homes.”
Pick Me! SC found homes for 1,556 animals from Friday through Sunday, according to a release from the group.
“We are overwhelmed by the joy we saw in shelters and Petcos across the state,” said No Kill South Carolina Director Abigail Appleton Kamleiter. “Animal lovers came out by the thousands across our state to adopt homeless animals in their own communities. It shows how much people in our state truly care.”
It was the second year for the event and the number of adoptions this year grew 31 percent over 2018, the group says.
The goal was to save 1,500 lives through adoptions in just one weekend, spokesperson Abigail Appleton Kamleiter said. Most shelters and adoption centers offered “no-fee” or “low-fee” adoptions as part of this lifesaving event.
Statistics released by the organization showed adoption rates up across the state compared to the same weekend in July 2018. Charlestion Animal Society showed a jump of 81 percent and Dorchester PAWS showed a 219 percent increase. The largest was recorded at Greenville County Animal Care in the Upstate, which posted a 428 percent increase in adoptions, the release states.
The statewide adoption event is sponsored by the Petco Foundation, in partnership with BOBS from Skechers, and organized by No Kill South Carolina, a program of Charleston Animal Society.