SAN JOSE (KCBS)— Silence isn’t something you usually hear at animal shelters, but that was the case at many Bay Area shelters last weekend thanks to a national pet adoption promotion.

The run on adoptions was in part because of a free pet adoption day, according to San Jose Animal Services Director John Ciccarelli.

“We adopted 203 animals out over the two days. We had no dogs left at the end of the event and only six adult cats”, he said.

Ciccarelli was pleased to see so many “great animals” find new homes. Barking at the shelter was at a minimum. “The sweet sound of silence, I call it.”

He said the no-cost adoptions are actually a money maker for participating shelters.

“We make much more money on this event by giving the animals away free than we do by charging full adoption fees and that’s because of Maddie’s Fund. They sponsor every single adoption and they pay us a certain amount per animal that we find a new home,” he said.

The San Francisco SPCA reported 128 adoptions.


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