On Monday, a very rare occurrence happened at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region -- every dog at the shelter and all but a couple of cats were adopted, leaving kennels empty before the end of the day.
There are typically increased animal adoptions leading up to the holidays, and this year, donors paid for a promotion to waive adoption fees for dogs and cats over five years old.
“We’ve come very close to adopting out all of our available dogs before, but I think that’s the first time we had no available dogs in the shelter, which is just phenomenal,” said Gretchen Pressley with the Humane Society.
Local law requires a waiting period for animals found as strays or with medical issues. So a day later, 16 more dogs previously on hold went into the empty kennels.
“There were no dogs here,” said Laura Pettiford, who was turned away Monday and told to come back a day later. “My son was kind of sad, so I brought him back today to get a dog.”
Toward the end of the day, there was only one dog still available for adoption, and the Pettiford family went home with a new four-legged family member.