Update: Orange County is no longer offering free adoptions at its OC Animal Care shelter after the pet giveaway proved so successful that 221 animals from the facility found new homes in just two days, county staff said late Friday.
The OC Animal Care shelter had been 95 percent full before the event and began offering free adoption so it could reduce overcrowding and drop below 60 percent of its capacity. On Friday, it met that mark.
“We are very thankful for the many folks who came from all around (Riverside, L.A., San Diego and Orange counties) to adopt a shelter pet,” OC Animal Care Director Dr. Jennifer Hawkins wrote in a statement. “And let’s not forget the staff and volunteers who have been working overtime and extra shifts to help provide care for the many great shelter animals and for stepping it up one more time to process the hundreds of…