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Animal Humane Society sees surge in adoptions before closing

They made the tough decision to close all their locations due to the coronavirus outbreak. ​
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — Minnesotans care for their neighbors in challenging times.

Minnesotans also care for animals when they're in need of a loving home.

That was clearly on display Sunday at the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley as staff prepared to close their doors.

Pene Zarnoti has been home alone.

"It's kind of quiet and it would be nice to have a fury friend," said Zarnoti.

She decided to adopt Pepper, an 11 year old cat.

She was one of nearly a dozen available Sunday after the Animal Humane Society decided to temporarily close all of their locations due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Since their announcement Wednesday there's been a surge in adoptions.

"We started the wheel at about 400 animals at the shelter and we've adopted about 300," said Lisa Bonds with the Animal Humane Society.

She says not only did people come out and adopt, hundreds of foster volunteers stepped up as well for those animals that were not adopted.

"We're always amazed at how well the community responds when we put out a request like that," said Bonds.

She says they will continue to take surrenders during the closure as well. 

The community stepped up to help our furry friends make it through this too.

"I think it's a very good fit and will work for us," said Zarnoti. 

Animal Humane Society staff say they will continue to provide care and medical treatment for animals in their shelters as well.

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