A spokesperson for the Edmonton Humane Society is calling the public's response to the centre's capacity crisis "overwhelming."
Last Wednesday, with 644 animals in its care, the centre temporarily shut its doors to animals surrendered by their owners. There was simply not enough room to accommodate the unwanted pets, said spokesman Travis Grant.
However, after CBC and several other news outlets ran stories about the society's full house, Edmontonians sprang into action. In just over three days, 167 animals found new homes in and around the city – setting a new record for the Edmonton centre.
In fact, public interest in adopting new furry friends was so intense it caused the society’s adoption website to crash for several days.
Humane society CEO Stephanie MacDonald told CBC she’s never seen such an overwhelming response.
"We’re really excited about it and it is taking some pressure off," she said. "Even our rabbits are finding homes, which is really fantastic news for us," she added.
Right now, the centre is taking care of a more manageable 510 animals – but would like to see more cats, in particular, find new homes.
Especially since more animals are still coming in every day, said MacDonald.
"We probably won't put too much of a dent into the cat population because that still is one of our challenges in this community," she said.
While the society is now accepting animals once again, they are keeping the doors closed to more cats, except for those coming from extreme circumstances.