Home for the Pawlidaze: Burlington Co. Animal Shelter offering free adoptions this weekend

WESTAMPTON, N.J. (WPVI) -- Starting Black Friday, the folks at the Burlington County Animal Shelter want you to consider bringing home more than TVs, toys and computers.

They say the best deal out there may be adopting for free one of the dozens of animals at the shelter hoping to find a home for the holidays.

Kelly Donnelly from the Burlington County Animal Shelter tells us, "The holidays are all about giving back. So, you're giving a second chance to an animal and I think not only is that rewarding to the animal but it's rewarding to the individual as well."

This weekend -- Black Friday through Cyber Monday -- the shelter is waiving all adoption fees, which can normally run $75 for dogs and $45 for cats. They're calling the promotion "Home for the Pawlidayz".

Russell Dudas of Springfield Township, New Jersey says, "There's so many cats out there that need homes and it's a good thing."

Russell and Elaine Dudas adopted a cute little kitten named Lillie back in August.

Elaine tells us, "I know I'm helping. I'm giving a life to a kitten and the kitten is giving life to me."

Consider Jet, a little Yorkie who came in as a stray about a week ago. He's very calm, has a good disposition and might make a good new member of your family.

Rebecca Freeman has just picked out a tiny tabby named Calvin.

Rebecca says, "I thought adopting would be better than buying one 'cause you know it's from a shelter and they get saved."

Zappos.com is picking up the adoption costs and also donating $150 for every pet that finds a home. That money will go to an animal welfare group to help care for pets still waiting.

So, if you're a Burlington County resident, this weekend you can pick out a new companion for free.

"Eventually they'll all find their forever homes and be home," Donnelly said. "So, we just care for them like they're ours while they're here and hope for the best."
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