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Dozens Of Homeless Pets Find Their Forever Homes

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -

A happy ending for over 40 homeless animals in Broome County Saturday.

Hundreds of people came to the ‘Empty The Shelter’ event at the Broome County Humane Society to take advantage of free adoptions.

“There’s got to be hundreds of people that have come through. People were lining up a quarter after 10 a.m. this morning to come in and get their animals and we usually open at 11 a.m.," said Amberly Ondria, Shelter Manager at The Humane Society.

‘Empty The Shelter’ is sponsored by Bissell Pet Foundation. The non-profit funds the adoption fees so that those interested in adopting a pet don’t have to, making it easier for shelters help find forever families for the animals.

According to Ondria, the Broome County Humane Society had about 220 animals in there care earlier in the week.

 "Our kennels are full. Our cat areas are full. So it's great to get these guys into homes so we can help more animals in the next coming weeks."
— Amberly Ondria, Shelter Manager at Broome County Humane Society

A couple hours before closing, Ondria put the adoption count around 40 with that number expected to rise at the end of the day.

The humane society relies greatly on donations and volunteers. With temperatures warming up and kitten season kicking off, Ondria says Purina Kitten Chow is a huge donation for the facility. She also emphasized the need for volunteers.

"The biggest thing coming into the summer is volunteers of people to help walk the dogs. During the day, we do understand people work, but if you’re off from school, if you have time during the day to come down and walk dogs, that’s a huge help to the kennel staff," said Ondria.

You can find information on volunteering as well as all the pets up for adoption on their website at http://bchumanesoc.com/.