The Lincoln County Animal Shelter in Edgecomb participated in a successful Puppy Palooza event Saturday, March 3. Seventeen animals found homes, including 12 dogs from Mississippi.
The Coastal Humane Society, which operates the Edgecomb shelter, held the event in three locations – its Brunswick headquarters, the Edgecomb shelter, and the Petco in Topsham – with a total of 68 animals finding homes.
Sixty dogs were brought earlier in the week from the Wolf Pond Sanctuary in Mississippi and split between the three locations, where they were in quarantine for five days while being spayed or neutered.
Wolf Pond Sanctuary pulls animals in from high-kill shelters in the area, and has been working with the Coastal Humane Society since 2015, according to Kate Cochrane, who works for Coastal Humane Society.
“Every couple of months we get dogs from them,” Cochran said. “We drive down and pick them up.”
The Lincoln County Animal Shelter, at 27 Atlantic Highway, had 11 puppies and one adult dog from Mississippi participating in the event, along with the animals already living at the shelter.
According to the Lincoln County Animal Shelter’s Facebook page, 11 puppies, three adult dogs, one cat, and two kittens had been adopted from the shelter by the end of the day.
“I’m so glad to see the adult dogs get a home,” Tammy Walsh, who works at the Lincoln County Animal Shelter, said. Older dogs are usually harder to find homes for, since most adopters are looking for puppies, she said.
The first 2 1/2 hours of the event, which went from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., saw a steady stream of people coming in to the Lincoln County Animal Shelter. Bursts of groups came in throughout the rest of the day, according to Walsh.
“This is a typical event day … it’s absolutely crazy. The first car pulled in at 9:30, even though the event started at 11,” Walsh said.
One puppy gaining a forever home was Sweetie, a 2-month-old retriever/black brindle mix.
“We were just going to look, and I saw her and said, ‘We have to take her home,’” said Dakota Beckim, who adopted Sweetie with a friend, Autumn Sproul.
Michael Mozer drove to the Lincoln County Animal Shelter from New Hampshire with his wife, Edie, and 9-year-old son, Matthew, after seeing the event advertised on Facebook.
“We recently lost our 12-year-old golden retriever, so we came to get a playmate for our other dogs,” Mozer said.
The Mozers decided to adopt Cub, a 12-week-old light-colored mix.
Any animals not adopted during the event will stay at the shelters until they find a home. Photos and biographies of animals up for adoption at the Lincoln County Animal Shelter can be found at lincoln.coastalhumanesociety.org or on the shelter’s Facebook page.