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Humane society runs out of adoptable animals, closes early Saturday

Posted March 31, 2012, at 3:59 p.m.
Last modified April 01, 2012, at 1:14 p.m.
Nick Saunders (left) of Bucksport hooks a collar on a puppy that is being adopted by his brother Jordon Cunningham (right) at the Bangor Humane Society in Bangor on Friday, March 30, 2012.
Nick Saunders (left) of Bucksport hooks a collar on a puppy that is being adopted by his brother Jordon Cunningham (right) at the Bangor Humane Society in Bangor on Friday, March 30, 2012. Buy Photo
Over 90 people lined up to adopt a new pet at the Bangor Humane Society's Mega Match-A-Thon event Friday, March 30, 2012.
Over 90 people lined up to adopt a new pet at the Bangor Humane Society's Mega Match-A-Thon event Friday, March 30, 2012. Buy Photo
Samantha Cole of Dover-Foxcroft meets the shepherd-husky mix that she will adopt on Friday, March 30, 2012 at the Bangor Humane Society's Mega Match-A-Thon.
Samantha Cole of Dover-Foxcroft meets the shepherd-husky mix that she will adopt on Friday, March 30, 2012 at the Bangor Humane Society's Mega Match-A-Thon. Buy Photo
Charlie Knowlen of Eddington strokes a puppy he plans on adopting from the Bangor Humane Society on Friday, March 30, 2012. Knowlen just lost his dog of eight years and was second in line to adopt a new one at the shelter's Mega Match-A-Thon event this weekend. Over 90 people were lined up by 10 a.m. Friday to view and adopt 101 available animals.
Charlie Knowlen of Eddington strokes a puppy he plans on adopting from the Bangor Humane Society on Friday, March 30, 2012. Knowlen just lost his dog of eight years and was second in line to adopt a new one at the shelter's Mega Match-A-Thon event this weekend. Over 90 people were lined up by 10 a.m. Friday to view and adopt 101 available animals. Buy Photo
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BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Humane Society shut down early Saturday after it ran out of adoptable animals for the first time in its 164-year history.

The Mount Hope Avenue animal shelter had planned to stay open until 8 p.m. Saturday and be open for six hours Sunday as part the national Mega Match-A-Thon Event sponsored by the ASPCA.

“This far exceeded our expectation,” Suzan Bell, executive director of the Bangor shelter, said Saturday afternoon. “I just want to thank the community for their support. Personally, I am overwhelmed. This is the best day in the history of the Bangor Humane Society as far as I’m concerned.”

The shelter was one of 55 around the nation to receive a $10,000 grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to participate in what was scheduled to be a three-day event. The grant allowed Bell and her staff to lower adoption fees and streamline the process so potential adoptees were matched with pets more quickly.

Bell said she won’t know until Tuesday how the Bangor Humane Society did compared to other shelters that participated in the event.

She estimated Saturday that of the 101 adoptable pets at the shelter as of Wednesday, approximately 50 dogs, 45 cats and a handful of small animals, such as guinea pigs, gerbils rabbits and rats were adopted.

Bell said there was no typical adoptee.

“We saw families, senior citizens, young single people,” she said. “They truly ran the gamut of the community. You name it, they were here.”

The first animal to be adopted was an 11-year-old dog and the last was an 8-year-old white cat that weighed 22 pounds.

The only animals left at the shelter Saturday were strays — animals that have been there seven days or less and are not yet adoptable, according to Bell.

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