New Adoption Center Gives Pets a Second Chance

By Matt Porter

April 14, 2012 Updated Apr 14, 2012 at 6:34 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) After more than one hundred pets drowned at the Johnson City Petco last September, their new adoption center gives dozens more a fresh start.

"Last September's events left us very heartbroken," said April Botta, Petco's regional program director, "But we are happy that now we can give back to Johnson City by helping to find homes for their animals."

Petco's new partnership with local animal shelters to open an in-store adoption center is an idea that seems to have already taken off.

Shelter owners say they've found prospective owners for almost 90 percent of their cats and dogs...today alone.

Karen Utter, director of Flutterbyes Animal Rescue, rents the space for just a dollar a year. She says the deal presents her animals with many new opportunities.

"It allows even people who were just shopping," said Utter, "And then went wait, look at this, "we were looking for but didn't know how to go about it."

Carl Coats hasn't had a dog in a few years.

But after taking a look at Skipper, a black and white terrier mix, he's thinking about adopting.

"We have a couple cats but you know, cats and dogs are completely different," said Coats, "I've always loved dogs."

And even customers who already have a pooch or two say they..and their mutts...have also been waiting for today's re-opening.

"They have really missed it, if we drive by here, there's whining going on, so they know where it is," said Johnson City pet owner Ernie Jason, "They've missed it a lot."

If you want to adopt a pet, you can stop by Petco any day of the week.

Volunteers from Flutterbyes will be there with cats and dogs ready for adoption.