BELMONT — The New Hampshire Humane Society's annual Black Friday Adopt-a-Thon saw a record 50 dogs adopted on Friday, Nov. 25, at the Belknap Mall.
Mary Lee Gorham, executive director of the society, credited the decision to add a second flight of dogs and puppies on Friday afternoon with making the event so successful.
"In past year's we've held it from 9 to 11 a.m. And have had many people show up at the last minute after we'd adopted out all the dogs we'd brought to the mall who were very disappointed. This year we decided to add a second flight and it worked out perfectly," said Gorham.
'There were a lot of happy families, 49 in fact, as one family adopted two dogs who were inseparable, she said, noting that people came from all over the state to find a dog to adopt.
Some came from further away. Rick and Maya Viens came all the way from Saint Alban's, Vermont, with their daughter, Tracy, to adopt a spaniel-terrier mix female that they named Velma.
Robe Nadeau of Northfield and their daughter, Sandie, who is seven, adopted a terrier mix who is eight weeks old and was named October.
It's their first puppy and the family said they're looking forward to having his companionship for a long time.
Logan Moore, 7, of Belmont, said that he was excited to adopt a mixed breed dog and said that he had named his new pet, "Happy," because that is how the puppy made him feel.
Gorham thanked Paige Quigley, manager of the Belknap Mall, for allowing the adopt-a-thon to use the former Blockbuster Video store space for the event. She praised the efforts of the Humane Society staff and volunteers in setting up the space and running the adopt-a-thon.
"It was real team effort.." said Gorham, who expects a large turnout at the society's shelter on Meredith Center Road today where there will be special reduced rates for cat and kitten adoptions.
Rob and Brooke Nadeau with their daughter, Sandie, and October, an eight-month old Terrier mix that they adopted Friday. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)
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Maya Viens of Saint Alban's., Vermont, holds Velma, a two-month old puppy that they adopted Friday after making the two and a half hour drive to Belknap Mall in Belmont. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)
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Logan Moore, 7, of Belmont, with his mixed breed puppy he named Happy. His great-grandmother Debbie Harrigan, helps him hold he new pet. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)