ST. ALBANS CITY — Everyone deserves a good home.

Which is why this Saturday and Sunday, in an event sponsored by Maddie’s Fund, the Franklin County Humane Society will be placing pets with pre-approved applicants for free. Anyone who would like to adopt a cat or dog has until the end of today to send in an application.

Maddie’s Fund is an organization created in memory of a Miniature Schnauzer named Maddie. Her owners, Workday and PeopleSoft companies founder David Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, set aside $300 million for free pet adoptions around the country. The funds cover any adoption costs at pet shelters.

This year, the fifth Maddie’s Fund has been providing free adoptions, $10 million will go towards finding shelter pets homes. The goal is to find homes for 10,000 dogs and cats across the country. Last year, 8,700 pets were adopted.

Humane societies and shelters across Vermont are participating in the first-ever statewide event this weekend.

According to shelter director Rusty Posner, about 60 kittens, 30 dogs, and 40 adult cats will be up for free adoption.

While Posner said the event would be helpful in finding homes for animals and freeing up space in the now-overcrowded shelter, she made the point that dogs and cats wouldn’t be given away blindly.

“We’re not going to just give out animals to people,” she said on Wednesday. Adopters have to fill out applications and be pre-approved to participate in the Maddie’s Fund event.

As of Wednesday afternoon, interest had been brisk. “We’ve taken in over 100 applications already,” said Posner.

The shelter was to be closed today and tomorrow to get ready for the free adoption event, which will include face painting, a barbeque, and an orderly system for adoptions. Parking attendants will be on site, and each adoptee will receive a numbered ticket for their turn to take home a pet.

“It’s going to be a really fun day,” Posner said.

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