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Overcrowded AZ Humane Society shelters offer weekend special

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

If you have room in your home and heart, the Arizona Humane Society is urging you to adopt a pet.

Right now its three shelters are near capacity, so they're offering big discounts this weekend to help their animals find "Forever Homes."

The Humane Society's Bretta Nelson told CBS5 News they adopted out twice as many animals as normal on Friday.

But there are still hundreds of dogs and cats that need to be placed in loving homes.

"The summer is always the most challenging time for shelters in the valley, including the Arizona Humane Society," said Nelson.

It's puppy and kitten season, and she said litters upon litters are being dropped off daily.

"Our shelter became so full this week, especially of our canine friends, that we needed to do something to get these pets into a good home and free up space for the other ones still coming in our doors," Nelson said.

The Arizona Humane Society's 72-Hour Adoption Fever Event began on Friday and continues through Sunday.

Puppies, which are normally $160, can be adopted for $35. The same goes with dogs. Kittens and cats are only $20.

"All those fees include spay or neuter surgery, the first time vaccination, a free follow-up vet exam with VCA animals hospitals and ID tag and collars," said Nelson.

Animal lovers are taking advantage of the low prices and adorable selection.

"Her name is Callie," said Renee Buchan, who adopted a dog on Saturday. "She's a pit bull mixed with boxer, I think."

Buchan said she instantly knew this playful pup was meant to be a part of her family.

"She's really soft," gushed Buchan. "She's really pretty. She likes to run. She seems really excited. And I think she'll fit well in my house."

Randi Chan and Shane Phelps also found the dog of their dreams in an American bulldog.

"Just his playful little personality," said Phelps about what drew him to the puppy. "(He's) obviously a handsome dog. He's got some cool features – with the brindle ears and the tear drops under his eyes."

And best of all, they're saving a precious life.

"It's just one of those things where there's already so many dogs out there that need a home and someone to love," said Chan. "I would much rather adopt than go to a breeder instead."

To learn more about adopting a pet from the Arizona Humane Society and their weekend special, visit their website.

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