NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The Charleston Animal Society has gone from loud and crowded to quiet and practically empty.
300 animals were adopted in just four days, which is a first for the organization.
"I know of no time in our history when we have had zero adoptable animals on the floor for adoption," said Kay Hyman of the Charleston Animal Society.
The shelter offered free adoptions Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday of last week.
"We saw a lot of seniors come out, a lot of people that were disabled in wheelchairs that probably had always wanted to add a family member, a furry friend, but just didn't feel like they could afford it," Hyman said. "I think that call to action helped to get the community to step up and come in and help us to feed one more mouth."
While the Charleston Animal Society didn't make any money on the adoptions, they will be getting some financial help.
"We will have some grant money coming from PetSmart charities, but the bottom line is it isn't about the money, it's about saving lives. That's what our mission is," Hyman said.
The other part of their mission is to find permanent homes for animals.
"There is no way to tell if they'll be returns, but you know we are hoping that these adoptions will last and that people will be able to unite and make a bond with these animals," said Hyman. "And if they don't, and they come back, then we'll help them again."
Monday morning there were already more dogs ready to be adopted.
"We just put a few dogs out on the floor that were out in the back and have come up for adoptions, but the ones that were on the bench recovering from their surgeries today will be available at 10 a.m. on Tuesday," Hyman said.
There are currently more than 200 kittens, cats, and dogs in foster care that will be up for adoption in the next few weeks.
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