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PHOTO GALLERY: Animal adoption events unite people with pets

Saturday, August 20, 2011 | 10:50 p.m. CDT
Tara, Levi and Tim Strain interact with Dizzy the dog at the Central Missouri Humane Society on Saturday. The Strain family from Centralia is considering adopting an animal and visited the shelter in hopes of finding a furry friend to add to their family.

COLUMBIA — The Central Missouri Humane Society held several animal adoption events across Columbia on Saturday.

Levi Strain, 5, hugs Dizzy the dog at the Central Missouri Humane Society on Saturday. Levi and his parents were interacting in an outside area with the dog to see if he could potentially be a good fit for their family.
A sign posted at the Central Missouri Humane Society explains the importance of Saturday's date. August 20 is International Homeless Pet Day.
Tammy Tuggle plays with Snickers the dog at Lizzi & Rocco's Natural Pet Market on Saturday. Snickers is an 8-month-old shepherd mix available for adoption through the Central Missouri Humane Society.
An information sheet for Corky the dog and nail clippers rest in a bowl on the floor of Lizzi & Rocco's Natural Pet Market on Saturday. The local pet store held an event offering $5 nail trims and $25 microchipping for animals, and all proceeds were donated to Central Missouri Humane Society.
Corky, a 6-year-old shih tzu mix, is up for adoption through the Central Missouri Humane Society. August 20 is International Homeless Pet Day, and in response to the event, the Central Missouri Humane Society reduced their adoption fees for the day and waived the fees of all animals over the age of 5.

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