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Riverside County Animal Services may have set pet adoption record

April 3, 2012 |  8:20 am

Riverside County Animal Services may have set a new, one-day pet adoption record during this weekend's Mega Match-A-Thon, a nationwide shelter-adoption event, according to officials there.

John Welsh, a spokesman for the agency, said the record was possibly set on Saturday, and it involved two of the county's shelters; Coachella Valley Animal Campus and Western Riverside County and City Animal Shelter.

"We had a pretty astonishing day," he said on Monday.

Altogether, Welsh said, more than 400 animals -- mostly dogs and cats -- were adopted by people from the region and Orange County. 

He said the number of adoptions at the two shelters in a 24-hour period may make for an entry in the Guinness World Records book.

More than 50 animal shelters across the country participated in the nationwide animal adoption event held Friday through Sunday, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or the ASPCA.

In Southern California, 16 shelters from Lancaster to Riverside participated in the project. The regional event in the state was sponsored by the ASPCA and Bark Avenue Foundation, a nonprofit and advocate of animal welfare programs in Southern California.

An ASPCA spokesperson said they were still tallying the weekend adoption numbers from the shelters and could not at this point verify the claim.

For now, it's unclear as to who holds the record, but according to SunHerald.com, the Humane Society of South Mississippi placed 226 pets in adoptive homes during a 24-hour period in last year's event and sought to break their record again this year by trying to arrange adoptions of 300 animals during the same period.

"All in all, even if we don't get a plaque saying that we did make a record, we know it was an insane day and we adopted a lot of animals," he said, adding that the agency had at least broken its own record of about 80 adoptions in a day. "To be able to save that many lives in one swooping day was pretty cool."


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Photo: Riverside County Services says it may have set a record for people adopting the most animals in a 24-hour period during the Mega Match-A-Thon on Saturday. Credit: John Welsh / Riverside County Services