Hundreds Line Up to Adopt 524 Pets Rescued in North Carolina Neglect Case

Hundreds Line Up to Adopt 524 Pets Rescued in North Carolina Neglect Case

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) canceled the final day of its adoption event this past weekend stating that “all 524 cats and dogs were adopted into safe and loving homes” after just two days.

“We really never know what to expect,” said Tim Rickey, Vice President of the ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response team, “but I have to say that I didn’t expect it to be this overwhelming.”

The line of potential adopters wrapped around the building Friday morning, and new pet owners happily rang a bell as adoptions were completed.


In January, the ASPCA helped local authorities seize over 600 dogs, cats, birds and horses from The Haven, a neglectful animal shelter located in North Carolina.

After providing veterinary care for all 600 animals at a temporary facility set up in Sanford, the ASPCA hosted a weekend event to find homes for most of its adoptable animals.


Adoption fees were waived during the event, and each animal had been microchipped and fixed.

According to the ASPCA’s Facebook page, the remaining cats and dogs who were not made available for adoption (as well as the 68 farm animals) will “be paced with [a] network of animal welfare agencies across the country to be made available for adoption.”

This monumental event will go down as one of the most successful adoption weekends in history. See more pictures from the event below:

ASPCA volunteers clap as the last adoptable dog, a senior Black Lab, walks out with his new owner:

The whole team says goodbye to the very last cat:

ASPCA crew tallies a total of 524 adopted pets:

Empty cages. What a beautiful sight!

Time to celebrate!

When the very last cat and dog available for adoption has found a home, it’s time to celebrate! #adoptNC Posted by ASPCA on Saturday, March 19, 2016

While 524 animals in need were adopted in North Carolina this weekend, the ASPCA’s work is never done. Visit their website to donate today!