More than 2,400 animals were adopted around New England, and more than 45,000 now have forever homes, thanks the nationwide effort Clear the Shelters.
NBC Boston producer Kathryn Shehade was one of the many who went to a shelter on Saturday and fell in love with a furry friend.
Max the dog was waiting for her at the MSPCA's Nevins Farm location in Methuen, Massachusetts, and by the end of the effort, she decided she "couldn't leave him there."
Meanwhile, in Portland, Maine, Stephanie Boulanger had had her eyes on a rescue dog, Daisy, at the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland.
"She's so happy and she makes me happy," she said.
Gautier was also at the ARL of Greater Portland's shelter when his foster family decided to line up at the crack of dawn in order to adopt him -- forever.
"We heard about the event, we fell in love with him, so we woke up at 5 a.m. this morning to come and adopt him," Janice Ribeiro said.
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Cats and dogs weren't the only animals to find forever homes on Saturday, either. Goats, pigs and even horses at Nevins Farm found new families through the Clear the Shelters effort. However, MSPCA officials say those looking for one of these animals need to be conscious of their special needs, like having a farm animal veterinarian available to help.
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