LEWISTON — More than 150 local dogs and cats found new homes last weekend, part of a national effort to place pets with new owners.
Eighty-eight dogs, 52 cats and 11 small animals, such as rabbits, guinea pigs and rats, given up by their owners or turned over as strays were adopted at Greater Androscoggin Humane Society at 55 Strawberry Ave. The shelter's three-day ASPCA Mega Match-a-thon "Meet Your Match" ended Sunday.
The shelter nearly met its goal of 175 animals out the door. The pet push was funded through a federal grant that helped cover costs of spaying, neutering, advertising, leashes and collars, Zachary Black, the shelter's operations manager, said.
In all, 55 shelters across the country, including one in Bangor that found homes for 101 pets, participated in the weekend marathon adoption.
All pets also were vaccinated and equipped with implanted micro chips to make them easier to identify should they go astray after adoption, Black said.
He said everyone who attended the event was matched with an appropriate pet.
"Everyone left pretty happy," he said.
All adopters met with a counselor before signing formal papers in an effort to make sure no pets came back.
Fees for adopting adult cats and dogs were reduced during the three-day program.
Those looking to adopt came from all over Maine as well as New Hampshire and Massachusetts, Black said.
Max, a 10-month-old Rottweiler-hound mix, just finished being readied for adoption at the shelter Tuesday. He and five other dogs and 10 cats who weren't available over the weekend are ready to go now, Black said.
Another marathon adoption weekend is expected later in the year, Black said.