Adoption event helps more than just the pet you take home

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Numerous adoptable animals were on hand at PetSmart in Terre Haute on Friday.

It’s all part of an adoption event.

Something that Parke Vermillion County Humane Society Board President Mark Southwick says is important.

“Just to get people interested and see what kind of shelter animals are available,” Southwick said. “So many times people think they want to get, go to a breeder or go to a pet store other than PetSmart and shelters have so many highly adoptable animals.”

Southwick says many shelters deal with overcrowding situations, and says it’s been especially difficult this year.

He says the community usually comes in strong though when requests go out for needed supplies.

“Community outpouring for the city the size of Terre Haute and the community is great,” Southwick said. “We just had this hoarding case as you’re aware. And the outpouring of support that we got from our community has been overwhelming and we’re so appreciative of this community we live in.”

The hoarding situation Southwick mentions saw 56 cats and 10 dogs brought in to the shelter.

Southwick says it’s a major example of why other animals in the shelter need to find a loving home as soon as they can.

“We don’t euthanize for space anymore, and we try and get animals in as quickly as possible,” Southwick said. “But this year our waiting list is, usually by now we don’t have a waiting list, but we still have a waiting list. We’re trying to get those people to get those animals in but before we can do that we have to get these animals into a home to free up space.”

The adoption event runs Friday until dusk, Saturday from 11 until dusk and Sunday from 12 until dusk.
Adoption fees start as low as $10.