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125 pets adopted during free event in Louisville; overcrowding still an issue

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - More than 120 pets were adopted from two Louisville shelters in just one day. But that doesn't mean the problems of overcrowding are gone.

"It's actually almost eerie how quiet it is in here," said Andrea Blair with the Kentucky Humane Society.

She's talking about the silence inside their main facility with empty cages, hanging leashes and no more puppies.

"But with that silence we know the great news is these are all animals who now have a second chance and loving homes," Blair said.

On Saturday, the humane society held its first ever “Empty the Shelter” drive providing adoptions for free.

"This morning (Sunday), 84 dogs and cats woke up in their new homes with their new owners. They're being loved and that's what really gets us excited," Blair said.

It was the same story over at the Animal House, Louisville Metro's Adoption center. It partnered with the humane society and also emptied its cages, saving 41 lives including 26 dogs and 15 cats.

"It was non-stop all day, people in and out. We had people waiting up to two hours to meet with dogs," said Lauren Bailey, Animal House Adoption Supervisor.

The excitement at both shelters may be short lived because the problem of overcrowding doesn't seem to go away.

"We're an open intake facility,” Bailey said. “We're the biggest in the state of Kentucky, we take in over 10,000 animals a year."

And all of those are just from Jefferson County. In a matter of days, the rooms and cages could once again be at capacity.

"We're already getting a list together for the vet staff to be spayed and neutered to be worked up,” Bailey said. “And I'm sure we'll have more dogs on Tuesday.

Only three dogs are left at the humane society, but more than a dozen are getting prepped for adoption. It too could be full again in just a week.

The humane society takes in more than 7,000 pets a year. Half of those come from other shelters throughout the state.

Despite the overcrowding issue, each adoption means more space to help the next pet looking for a “forever home,” meaning that silence in the halls will not last.

"I just love the fact that every day, more and more people are choosing to adopt and they're saving a life," Blair said.

Both locations said the event was so successful, they'll definitely consider doing the free adoptions in the future.

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