Pamela Gamble’s 18-year-old cat, Lily, died about a month ago, leaving her other cat, Pepper, without a friend.

“My younger cat, she’s 5 years old, she needs a companion,” said Gamble, of Kempner, who adopted a 4-month-old kitten Saturday during Texas Humane Heroes’ mega adoption event. “I thought I’d get (Pepper) a little male companion.”

The mega adoption was part of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rachael Ray $100,000 challenge, which the local animal shelter is participating in.

Texas Humane Heroes is one of 50 animal shelters across the country competing from June 1 to Aug. 31 to see who can save the most dogs and cats.

If they win the contest, Ron Marullo, director of Texas Humane Heroes, said the funds will help the nonprofit save even more animals’ lives.

Marullo said his goal is to adopt out 1,500 pets by the end of August. During Saturday’s event, more than 50 animals were adopted.

“Our main goal is to get these homeless animals into homes,” Marullo said. “Over 90 percent of the animals that we save are from local municipal shelters that are overcrowded and often have to kill for space.”

Gamble, who now has two cats and two dogs, said all her pets are rescue animals and she was happy to add another member to her family.

“There’s so many people who abandon their animals, that I just don’t believe that you should have to go buy one,” she said. “Adopting an animal from a shelter or somebody that’s going to take them to a pound is the better way to go.”


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