17 animal agencies hold first ever adopt-a-thon

Posted at 11:00 AM, Feb 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-14 12:32:28-05

Seventeen local animal rescue agencies teamed up with Erie County for the first ever “Furtastic Adopt-a-thon."

Event planners said this was a perfect way to give the community an opportunity to meet representatives from the animal rescue agencies in Western New York. It also was an opportunity to be a forever home for a puppy or kitten that needs a loving home.

More than 500 people packed the Erie County Fire Training Academy Facility Saturday to meet some of Western New York's homeless pets. Many of the dogs at the event were rescued from high kill areas in the south or owners had abandoned them.

“Every time we have the opportunity to adopt a dog here, that means we have the opportunity to pull another dog from a shelter in a usually high kill area in down south or even local surrenders,” Jilleen Williams, Furtastic Adopt-a-thon Organizer.

Williams urged those who are interested in adopting a pet in Western New York to visit local animal rescue agencies.

Organizers were hoping to get at least 100 dogs and cats adopted by 5pm Saturday and they are already planning to hold another "Furtastic Adopt-a-thon" later this year.