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Do free pet adoptions attract the right pet parents?

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It's the largest number of pets to find homes in Vermont in just one weekend.

"We adopted out 705 cats and dogs, statewide from the 12 participating rescue and shelter groups, we had a number returned which is not unusual at all in the shelter business," said Nancy Cathcart, Chittenden County Humane Society president.

It's all a part of "Maddie's Pet Adoption Days" funded by the national nonprofit called Maddie's Fund, but some are concerned about where those pets are ending up after they're adopted. Ads on Craigslist seem to show what some believe to be people trying to make a profit from free pet adoptions, getting the pet, and then selling it for cash. It's a problem the Chittenden County Humane Society says just is not true.

"I don't see any uptick in the sale of dog and cats and I certainly don't see any animals that were from the Humane Society of Chittenden County. We kind of screen that on a regular basis anyway because it does happen from time to time," said Cathcart.

Maddie's Fund pays shelters for each animal they place in a home for free pet adoption weekend.

"We got anywhere from $500 to $2,000 per animal adopted out which is way better than what it costs us to pay for an animal," said Cathcart.

The Chittenden County Humane Society raised a total of $500,000, but with the money comes more questions. Do free pet adoptions attract the right pet parents?

"We had a number of them returned, which is not unusual for adoptions in any case when you're paying or not paying but nothing startling and we're confident that the families that have taken these pets home are doing good," said Cathcart.

This year Maddie's Pet Adoption Days took place May 30 through June 1 The Chittenden County Humane Society hopes to bring the event back next year.

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