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How you can bring home a new best friend for free

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -

If you've been thinking about adopting a dog or a cat, next week may be the time to do it. That's because a number of groups are teaming up to make sure you can bring one home at no cost.

Fourteen shelter and rescue organizations from Brattleboro to the Northeast Kingdom will have free adoptions May 31 and June 1.

The folks at the Humane Society of Chittenden County are actually reaching out to communities in Massachusetts and North Carolina to bring additional adoptable animals our way for the weekend. That's because they say available cats and dogs move so quickly in our region.

"The impact is profound; it changes lives in many ways," said Nancy Cathcart of the Humane Society of Chittenden County. "We have endless stories here at the shelter of people whose health has improved, spirits improved; it's a family member."

The effort is being funded with national grants from an organization called "Maddie's Fund" that's focused on finding homes for sick or older animals.

The participating Vermont groups hope to send 500 cats and dogs home with new owners over the course of the weekend.

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