Animal shelters and rescues across the country spend countless hours saving the lives of abandoned or abused cats and dogs. But due to overcrowding and a lack of adoptions, nearly three million adoptable animals are put to sleep every year. Our Cara Thomas tells us what one group is doing to keep overcrowding at bay.
NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. -- Big eyes, wet noses and wagging tails can easily capture the heart of any animal lover. That was the case with one couple who laid their eyes on a beagle named Buckshot.
"When we saw him we thought oh my gosh, he's so cute. He was very laid back and just taking it all in. All the kids were around him and it's just perfect for our lifestyle right now and I think if we're lucky, he's going to fit right into our home," said Utica resident Jaime Lamberto.
There are hundreds of cats and dogs like Buckshot in Central New York, abandoned and living in a shelter or foster home. And according to shelter volunteers, that number isn't getting any smaller.
Emily Doucet of Wanderer's Rest in Canastota said, "We're the only shelter in Madison County and so the need is huge. Every cage is full, every foster home is full, so if anyone is interested in fostering, it's lifesaving at this point."
To get these adoptable and healthy animals into the homes they deserve, a local advocacy group rounded up every shelter and rescue in the area and brought them all to one place, the Central New York Adopt-A-Thon.
Kim Strong of Lainey's Army said, "We've got pictures of all the animals in Central New York that are up for adoption. So you don't even have to walk into a shelter, come here, browse the pictures, see what animal you're interested in. You can see them all in one place."
Volunteers hope that by the end of their Adopt-A-Thon at least 100 shelter animals will finally find their new families.