Nearly all available animals adopted at Saturday's Adopt-a-thon in Joplin

Saturday, June 25, 2011 | 7:20 p.m. CDT; updated 10:20 p.m. CDT, Saturday, June 25, 2011

JOPLIN — All but a handful of available animals at Joplin Humane Society’s Adopt-a-thon had found new homes as of 4 p.m. Saturday.

About 400 animals were adopted, including 172 cats and 224 dogs.

Tim Rickey, senior director of Field Investigations & Response with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said the animals not adopted had special needs, including several dogs and one cat that had feline immunodeficiency virus.

“We didn’t expect to adopt out this early today,” Rickey said. “It’s a good problem to have. … It’s amazing.”  

One hundred to 150 more cats and dogs that were not included in Saturday’s event will be available to adopt on Sunday, he said.

He said those animals were not ready to be adopted Saturday for a variety of reasons. Some had just been spayed or neutered or had other medical issues, and others’ paperwork had not yet been completed.

Adoptions will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday at a warehouse just south of the Joplin Humane Society, 140 E. Emperor Lane.

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