WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- If you're looking for a furry friend and potential addition to the family, the Westchester County Center will be filled with 700 dogs, cats and bunnies looking for a home during NY Super Adoption Saturday and Sunday.
Best Friends Animal Society has held its Super Adoption event at the County Center the last two years. Among the 200 volunteers will be Caroline Manzo from "The Real Housewives of New Jersey".
The nonprofit, which has organized more than 60 pet adoption events in L.A. New York and Utah, works with close to 40 animal organizations, most of which are from the tri-state area, said Jamie Rubin, New York programs manager for the society.
"With so many animals in one place, people don't have to go to all different shelters and rescues," Rubin said. "They really can find their new family members here. The odds are better than ever that they'll find the right group, the right dog, or cat, or rabbit.
Each year, animal shelters in the U.S. take in an estimated 8 million dogs and cats. About 4 million never find homes.
Super Adoption also gives residents a chance to get to know their local animal groups, which Rubin said can be an important part of the adoption process.
"Sometimes people have a tough time going into the shelters, or anywhere," she said. "People might fear the worst."
By combating that fear with familiarity, Best Friends Animal Society hopes to reach their goal of 400 adoptions this weekend. Through their more than 60 events, the national organization has found about half of the 50,000 participating animals a home, according to a press release. For those not adopted, Rubin said they have a backup plan.
"We try to have all the rescues take any left over shelter animals back with them," she said.
Admission is free for the event, which will run Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tents will be set up outside with grooming stations for newly adopted dogs. Adopters will receive a goodie bag, and can pose for portraits with their new furry friend.
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