Humane Society Searches for Holiday Homes

By Lorne Fultonberg

December 2, 2012 Updated Dec 2, 2012 at 12:02 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) -- The Humane Society hosted a Holiday Adopt-a-thon and Foster-a-thon Saturday to try to find holiday homes for its cats and dogs.

"[It's] mostly for the holiday seasons to get those cats and dogs the extra special home for the holidays and someone to love them and keep them warm at night and cuddle with them," said Laura Melville, Humane Society Fundraising Coordinator, "and it also eases the burden on our staff during the holiday few weeks here."

The day functioned like a open house, and included a bake sale and raffle. The Humane Society offered half-price adoptions for adult cats and dogs.

The Society's goal was to find at least 15 foster homes. Melville said she expected five animals to be adopted Saturday and another five to ten to be put in foster homes.

The shelter is at full capacity, Melville said, which makes the Adopt-a-thon even more important.

"The quicker we get these animals out, the more we can bring in," she said, "because unfortunately there are times when we do have to turn away cats or dogs that are homeless or owners who can't care for their animals animal and looking to turn them over but we just don't have the space."