MESA, Ariz. -- Twelve Valley organizations came together over the weekend, hoping that some 1,500 pets would be adopted. To get those dogs and cats to forever homes, they were all free.
Organizers at the Mesa Animal Care and Control Center are calling the event a huge success because more than 1,990 pets were adopted.
During the weekend, people were able to go into animal shelters in 14 communities across the country, including right here in the Valley, to get a pet for free thanks to an organization called Maddie’s Fund.
The fund provides donations to shelters to help homeless animals and allow free events like this.
Maricopa Animal Care and Control said without this free event many people would not have gone to these shelters to adopt a pet.
Shelter personnel said they did screen any potential adopters and turned away people who they didn't think would be a good fit.
The great thing about adopting a pet from a shelter is most of these organizations have the pets already spayed or neutered and some microchipped with most or all of their shots.
"If we didn't have this event, I can guarantee you that 1,400 animals, 1,500 animals wouldn't have been adopted this weekend," said Melissa Gable with Maricopa Animal Care and Control. "This incentive certainly encouraged the public to come out and adopt and because of that a lot of the agencies are pretty much empty right now."
"If you've got the means to take care of a dog and show them the kind of attention that they need, then do it -- there's no ifs, ands or buts about it for me,” said Alex Vogt, who just adopted a pet.