‘Kitten Bowl’ event leads to more than 120 animal adoptions

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MURRAY, Utah — You might have run out of nachos during the big game Sunday, but at one Super Bowl party in town they ran out of something else: kittens.

The Humane Society of Utah adopted out every kitten they had available at their shelter this weekend, and the adoption blitz was part of a national effort to adopt animals called the Kitten Bowl. Between cats, kittens, dogs and puppies, officials at HSU said they adopted out more than 120 animals.

The Hallmark Channel chooses 20 shelters to participate in the annual event, and Humane Society of Utah was among those selected. The shelter with the most adoptions will win a $5,000 grant from the Hallmark Channel.

Visitors to the Kitten Bowl were able to watch shelter animals play games, and they were served treats and given the opportunity to adopt a new pet.

Deanne Shepherd, the communications director for Humane Society of Utah, said the event has gone very well for them.

“So far yesterday we adopted out over 50 cats,” she said. “I believe it’s about the same for puppies and dogs, so it’s been tremendously successful. We’re very excited. We’re really happy to see these animals find loving homes.”

The special event offered free adoptions for adult cats and discounted adoptions for cats less than 7 months old, but the society will be running an additional discount this week and will be adopting out adult cats for just $10.

For more information, visit the Humane Society of Utah’s website.