SJC Humane Society hosting special pet adoption event

Dozens of pets are up for adoption at a special price this weekend as part of the St. Joseph County Humane Society’s Pet Week Extravaganza.

“This is Buster and he’s two-years-old,” Susan Inwood said.

Inwood and her husband, David, fell in love with Buster the cat instantly. They adopted him Saturday afternoon.

“You just kind of know,” Susan said. “I saw [Buster] sitting on my husband’s lap outside for the longest time, and he was just like, you could see the look on both their faces.”

The Inwood’s are one of the many families taking advantage of this week’s adoption extravaganza at the St. Joseph County Humane Society on Grape Road in Mishawaka.

“We have dogs, we have cats, we have lots of rabbits, we have a pair of rats, we have a hamster,” Genny Carlson, the humane society’s executive director, said. “So we have a little bit of everything. And we have two ducks going home tomorrow, too!”

All the animals – nearly 200 of them – are up for adoption, and for cheap.

Pet Week lets you take home a dog for $100, a rabbit for $10 and you can name your own price for a cat.

“Our animals, they come vaccinated, they’re already spayed or neutered, they’re microchipped and they’re homeless; they need a home,” Carlson said.

The week also serves as a major fundraiser for the humane society.

A giant garage sale of donated items brings in money that goes directly to the animals.

“Last year we brought in over $10,000 in our garage sale,” Carlson said. “This year, we’re on the same mark to make that amount, which is wonderful, but the main point of this event is to get animals adopted.”

The feline friends and canine companions come from all walks of life, but are now looking for the same thing.

“These are the ones, these are the animals that are gonna come to you, because I think they even know that they need homes,” Susan said.

As of Saturday afternoon, 37 animals had found homes this week thanks to the event, but there are still dozens more in need.

The final day of the adoption specials and the garage sale is Sunday – the garage sale will go from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and animal viewing for adoption will go from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Carlson said her staff has a goal of finding at least 50 of their furry residents homes by Sunday evening.

You can go to the SJC Humane Society’s Facebook page to learn more about how you can adopt even after Pet Week wraps up. 

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