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More than 180 cats adopted in 2-day Community Cat Challenge

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Tom, one of the kittens up for adoption. (June 20, 2014/FOX Carolina) Tom, one of the kittens up for adoption. (June 20, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Greenville County Animal Care has lots of kittens and cats in need of homes. (June 18, 2014/FOX Carolina) Greenville County Animal Care has lots of kittens and cats in need of homes. (June 18, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Dozens turned out to offer new homes to 182 of the furry felines who found their way to Greenville County Animal Care recently, nearly doubling the adoption goal set in the Community Cat Challenge.

Shelter officials said they had taken in a high number of cats recently, and teamed up with FOX Carolina to challenge the animal-loving community to come out and adopt 100 cats or kittens on Friday and Saturday.

Susan Bufano, a spokesperson for Animal Care, said the goal of 100 adoptions was broken by 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Shortly after 6:30 p.m. Bufano said workers and volunteers finally finished tallying the pile of adoption forms from the two days.

"This has been a great two days for us and for all these cats," Bufano said, "and all the cat and dog food that was donated is going to help us keep the remaining cats and dogs here well fed."

During the adoption event, the adoption fee for felines was waived in exchange for a case of canned dog or cat food, which has an estimated value of $13 for a case (24 cans). People could also pay a reduced a $15 adoption fee if they did not bring pet food.

On a given weekend, Bufano said the facility averages about 15-20 cat adoptions. The Community Cat Challenge sparked more than nine times as many.

"We were so blessed to have so many great people come out and adopt these cats," Bufano said.

Bufano offered a special thanks to FOX Carolina viewers and content subscribers. "Just about every single person who came in said they had heard about the challenge through (Fox Carolina's) newscasts and Facebook posts," she said.

Despite the high number of adoptions during the Community Cat Challenge, Bufano said the facility still has several cats in need of homes, and that number grows daily.

"In the summer months, we take in so many cats," Bufano said. "We may get dozens each day. We also have hundreds of dogs in our care that need to find homes too."

Bufano said the facility has dozens of dogs that need homes too, and that Animal Care may soon organize a dog adoption challenge for prospective pet parents.

Anyone interested in adopting a pet can stop Greenville County Animal Care's location at 328 Furman Hall Road, near Cherrydale Cinemas.

Click here to see photos of some of the cats that were up for adoption.

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