Wags and Purrs As Longmont Humane Society Cleans House
It was only 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, about four hours after the doors opened at the Longmont Humane Society, and volunteer Marge Drake was marking a chalk board to show that the last kitten was adopted.
“That’s all folks,” she said. “No more kittens.”
Drake and a small army of volunteers staffed the humane society as part of Clear the Shelters, an adoption drive held on Saturday across the United States and at shelters from Fort Collins to Pueblo. Adoption fees were waived as a way to find homes for dogs, cats and a handful of other critters.
“We are excited to be a part of this,” Longmont Humane Society Director of Operations Rhea Moriarty said. “It’s a lot of preparation and a lot of work, but it’s been worth it.”
Moriarty said that the shelter started Saturday with 140 animals, with a goal of adopting out 100, which she said was likely to happen by closing time. All of the 51 kittens were adopted, as were four of the 20 older cats. The shelter had 65 dogs and puppies available. Three birds and a guinea pig also found homes.
She said volunteers counsel would-be pet owners to help them find the right match.
“If you want a dog to go hiking, we don’t want to set you up with a couch potato dog,” she said.
Longmont resident Kelly Hicks came with her two children on Saturday, and they were leaving with two kittens, an orange tabby and a brown tabby. She said she was enticed by the free adoption, which meant she only had to pay for licensing.
“It made it a little more affordable,” she said.
Volunteer Alex Williams was taking a break outside and said he volunteers at the shelter one day a week walking dogs, but was unaware of the event until he arrived for his Saturday shift.
He said it appeared that a lot of the dogs had been adopted by about 1 p.m.
“It’s been really hectic (today),” he said. “People seem to be really enjoying it.”
A sizeable crowd was spilling out into the parking lot, and people looked at photos of dogs and cats affixed to a sandwich board. Visitors took a number and waited their turn to go inside.
Fort Collins resident Dasha Petrova had taken a seat outside to wait on her number. She pulled 128, and 65 was being called.
“I’ve got a while,” she joked.
Petrova said that she went to the Larimer County shelter but all of the dogs had been adopted by 11:30 a.m. She said she was looking for a medium sized dog she could take hiking.
She added that she already has two cats and is trying to break that “crazy cat lady aesthetic.”
“I’m looking for a dog that I can watch Netflix with but also wants to go on adventures,” she said.
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