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Free adoption weekend turns into a new record for LMAS and KHS

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It was a record mega adoption weekend for Louisville Metro Animal Services and the Kentucky Humane Society. But despite the pets finding new homes, overcrowding still remains a problem.

Together, LMAS and KHS found 288 animals a forever home.

“There have been tears all around," LMAS Communications Specialist Leslie Hawk said. "We've been calling each other back and forth between the two agencies very excited ... It just means these animals are going to great homes."

Besides a $9 licensing fee, the pet adoptions were free. The animals were already spayed, neutered and microchipped.

LMAS says despite all of the adoptions this weekend, the issue with overcrowding will likely continue.

In fact, it expects more people will be lining up Monday at its Manslick Road location, bringing even more pets, pushing the number back over 400.

"We will have a person line up, an owner come in and surrender their animal or we'll pick them up as a stray,” Hawk said. “So that animal is then placed on a hold … usually up to 10 days."

On Friday, LMAS had 456 animals. As of Sunday, it was down to 377, but more than 60 were brought in this weekend alone.

"We're probably gonna get that many in over the next two days," Hawk said.

Hawk says that's due to people not spaying and neutering their pets, microchipping them or licensing them with the city.

When LMAS picks up a stray, they end up at a facility and sit in cages. The animals then wait for their owners to return, or for a new family to claim them.

"They're here, they need homes, they need love," Jeffersonville resident Christine Bettmann said.

On Sunday, Bettmann spent several hours with Evie – one of the last dogs to find a home. Bettmann just wanted to make sure that Evie was the right fit for her family.

"You gotta make sure that the dog not only bonds with you and you bond with the dog, but if you have other animals, you have to make sure they get along," Bettman said. And you don't want to jump into it. You'll go home and it might be a disaster."

The Kentucky Humane Society adopted out 168 animals that were brought in from 10 different counties.

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