MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Saturday's pet adoption at the Mobile County Animal Shelter was held just two days after Humane officials shut down a local animal rescue shelter, and hauled some of the animals to the county shelter.
"We really need those dogs and cats to be adopted, because space is always a need here at the shelter," Carmelo Miranda said.
Humane Officer Miranda said the other animals at the shelter must be adopted out to make room for new animals that are brought in every day.
Many of the 63 dogs and cats that were confiscated from the Safe Haven Animal Care Kennel, also called the Shack are being held at the county shelter until a judge determines what will happen to them.
The humane officials who seized the animals say many were sick and in poor condition.
But, owner Robbie Fitzgerald said the no kill shelter was treating the animals with health problems.
"Every dog that has an issue whether it's upper respiratory or what is being treated. Nobody asked for the records, which is kind of interesting to me. If they looked at what we're doing," Fitzgerald said.
Saturday the focus was on the other animals like this collie mix.
"She's very friendly. That's what we want, and she plays a lot, and that's what we're really looking for," one man said.
And if the shelter adopts enough animals it could win a $100,000 as part of nationwide competition.
Miranda said the money could be used here to help save animal lives.
"It could go to getting us an adoption trailer so we can go out to the community and take these animals out there for those that cannot come to the shelter and adopt," Miranda said.
The Mobile County Animal Shelter is open for adoptions Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
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