Families were turned away late Saturday afternoon after all of the eligible dogs were adopted at the Texas Humane Heroes “Dog and Cat Days of Summer” event.

But not everyone went home empty-handed.

Crystal and Lexie Solak of Killeen adopted Paisley, a 3-year-old American Bulldog mix.

“We have been looking for a dog for a while,” Crystal Solak said, and the free adoption event Saturday prompted the family to act.

“We were looking for a good, loving house dog to be a good companion, and (Paisley) was really sweet with Christopher (Solak’s 1-year-old son), sitting next to him.”

Texas Humane Heroes aimed to send 100 pets to new homes Saturday and by late afternoon, Kristin Huguley, the Killeen center’s adoption marketing coordinator, said 65 animals were adopted, with a few cats still available.

“We rely on community support to continue our life-saving mission. Someone can support the center by adopting an animal, making a financial donation or providing some of the supplies listed on our website at www.texashumaneheroes.org,” she said.

Texas Humane Heroes finds new homes for about 200 animals a month, Huguley said, and it has a goal of adopting out 1,500 animals by the end of summer. Saturday’s event brought the shelter to 1,001 adoptions, she said, compared to 641 last summer.

The free adoption event, which also included games for children and concessions, is part of Texas Humane Heroes’ efforts to win the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge.

When voting ends Saturday, the shelter with the most votes wins $25,000.

To help the group win, go to www.votetosavelives.org and select the Texas Humane Heroes Adoption Center in Leander.

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