QUINCY -- Many lovable felines and canines like Finn, a 9-month old Labrador mix, hope to go to their new "fur-ever" homes this weekend as part of the Quincy Humane Society's participation in a nationwide pet adoption program sponsored by the Bissell Pet Foundation.
Individuals who adopt animals from the Quincy Humane Society during Saturday's Empty the Shelters event will pay a reduced rate of $20 or $25 to adopt the animals like Pepperoni, a hazel-eyed gray and black kitten.
Quincy Humane Society Community Relations Manager Caroline Veihl said adoption fees can be as high as $70 for kittens and can range from $100 to $300 depending on the age and breed of dogs.
Adult cats have an adoption fee of $20.
Currently, the animal shelter has about 100 animals, with the majority of those being kittens, eligible for adoption.
In order to adopt an animal, individuals will need to undergo a screening that includes an application available online or at the Quincy Humane Society, 1701 N. 36th.
Veihl said the application asks a series of standard questions pertaining to how the animal will be cared for at its new home.
Applications take between 24 to 48 hours to be reviewed and approved by the Humane Society staff.
In advance of Saturday's adoption event, Veihl said the humane society has received twice the normal amount of applications for adoption. Normally the humane society receives 15 applications, but as of Wednesday afternoon, it had received nearly 40 applications.
"We have even had a several people who adopted their animals early because they didn't want to wait until Saturday and run the risk that those animals would be adopted," Veihl said.
Part of this flurry of activity by furry-loving want-to-be pet owners was spurred by the Quincy Humane Society sharing photographs of the animals available for adoption on its Facebook page.
The images have been shared more than 140 times with social media users commenting on which animals are their favorite.
"Things certainly have been moving pretty quickly around here," Veihl said.
Among those animals who are being adopted are Wallie, a 2-month-old beagle mix; Chocolate Chip, a 3-month-old blue heeler mix; Bones, a 6-month-old terrier mix.
While some of the cats and dogs have been adopted, Veihl said there are still plenty of animals awaiting adoption.
"I would definitely encourage people to stop into the shelter before they go elsewhere to look for a new pet," Veihl said.
"When they adopt from us, they can rest assured that they are adopting a fully vetted, vaccinated animal, and they can be happy to know that they are saving that animal's life."
Applications for Saturday's adoption event are still being accepted, but Veihl said the staff of the Quincy Humane Society cannot guarantee that the screening will be completed that day.
Individuals who adopt animals outside of Saturday's business hours will pay the regular adoption rates.
The Quincy Humane Society is open on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.