(Photo by Kristin Gordon)
KILLEEN (June 22, 2013)--Free cats, kittens, puppies and dogs were ready for new homes Saturday today as the Texas Humane Heroes held a mega adoption event.
June 1, the organization held the same event at its shelter in Leander and its Killeen location was the place to be for Saturday’s event.
Their goal was 100 adoptions by day's end.
"A couple of weeks ago we started the ASPCA Rachel Ray $100,000 challenge," said Ron Marullo, Executive Director Texas Humane Heroes.
From June until August, they organization has set a goal of 1,500 adoption for the challenge.
This is the second time Humane Heroes has participated in the ASPCA Rachel Ray national challenge.
In 2011, it placed 14th and is hoping to be a leading contender this year.
"We would like to use the money to support our mission and be able to save more homeless animals in the Central Texas community," said Marullo.
Marullo said 90 percent of the animals the organization takes in come from municipal shelters that might have to euthanize animals if they become overcrowded.
Humane Heroes saved more than 2,500 animals last year.
Its goal this year is about 3,000 animals.
"Our mission is to save their lives bring them here, get them spay or neutered, vaccinated and then care for them," said Manullo.
"We then do the best we can to get them adopted out to a forever home with a loving family."
Overcrowding in the animals shelters happens throughout the year, but this is the time of year when they get more overwhelmed, Manullo said.
It costs $200 on average to spay or neuter, vaccinate, feed and care for each animal that comes into the Humane Heroes rescue
So when the organization has a free adoption event, it must absorb the cost of the money used to care for the animal.
"On a no-fee adoption day, it does hurt," said Manullo. "We are a private organization and do not receive government funding.
We reach out to the community for donations and financial support. Those funds allow us to do our particular mission."
Humane Heroes very rarely holds free adoptions, so it is able to recover some of the costs the rest of the year.