Shelter adoption deals help animals find homes

Posted at: 04/26/2013 6:27 PM
Updated at: 04/26/2013 8:24 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The city of Albuquerque's animal shelters are constantly battling an overcrowding problem, but a lot of dogs found new homes Friday.

Some of the dogs have been at the shelter for months, but the city's Animal Welfare Department is hoping they find a good home because of a sweet deal.

It was $5 Friday at city shelters - $5 for any adult dog. The regular price on any other day can range between $40 to $60.

It's one of many promotions the department hosts throughout the year, and it's to help wane animal overcrowding in city shelters.

“It's a constant problem we're always up against it and particularly now we have 566 and this time last year we had 423 so we're way up,” said Barbara Bruin, director of the Albuquerque Welfare Department.

Friday's deal appeared to do the trick with more than 60 dogs adopted.

Mariah Galaz is one of the new pet owners.

"She totally caught my eye, she was very friendly from the beginning she's a keeper, definitely," said Galaz of her new dog Opossum.

But she said she's considering a name change.

“Well her name's Opossum, but maybe I'll call her Beso because she likes to kiss obviously," Galaz said as Opossim repeatedly licked her face.

The city told KOB Eyewitness News 4 that 179 dogs and13 cats were adopted Friday from the event.