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Shelter Animals Scheduled for Euthanasia Adopted

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Some lucky dogs are getting a new lease on life thanks to pet lovers in the community. 

Adoptions kicked into high gear at the Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center after news came out workers would have to euthanize some dogs because they simply ran out of room. 

Shelter workers reached a tipping point Monday when they ran out of space. Healthy, adoptable animals were scheduled to be put down Tuesday afternoon, but crowds came out to stop that. 

Already 19 dogs have been rescued, fostered or adopted. There are only three dogs left to take home. Twenty-two cats and a bunny have also gone home with their new families.

The line was out the door at times, the parking lot was full and people were there well after it closed. Because so many stepped up to adopt or foster, not a single animal at the center was euthanized.

Employees say they're incredibly grateful for the turn-around. 

"This has probably been the most exciting day that I can ever remember here," said Lindsey Huffman, the center's director. "And I just really am so - it just makes you have a complete different outlook on life when this many community members come out and want to do the right thing." 

While this is all good news, they do need continued support from the community. Some animals were also dropped off Tuesday, meaning there's still a need for people to adopt. 

Workers are hoping the rally to save these animals continues. Adoption fees for cats will be waived through Monday.

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