Sarah Murray and Mookie, a 1-year-old lab mix who has been at Midcoast Humane and is available for adoption. Mookie is a little shy would do best in a home without cats. (Hannah LaClaire/The Times Record)

BRUNSWICK– More than 75 animals were adopted from Midcoast Humane in one weekend this holiday season, and another five were placed on “layaway” until Christmas Eve (although the new families were so excited that only two of them actually stayed on layaway).

This year’s Home for the Holidays Mega Adoption Event, which took place Dec. 15 and 16, was one of the biggest yet, according to Adoption Program Manager Sarah Murray, and one of the smoothest. Roughly 20 kittens and more than 50 puppies found new homes just in time for Christmas. 

“There are so many animals out there who need homes,” she said, and many are coming from situations that are less than ideal; some are brought from shelters in the south where they may have been euthanized.

While many dogs come from southern states, Murray also noted that they accept a lot of feline friends from Indiana, with a few cats and kittens expected in the next few weeks.

“For whatever reason, Indiana has the best cats,” she said. 

Between the Brunswick and Edgecomb campuses, there are up to 300 animals in their care at a given time, she said, with cats, dogs, rabbits, birds and even the occasional pig. Home for the Holidays is just one of the organization’s many adoption events — another 10 of which are already slated for 2019.

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Amere, the resident lobby cat at Midcoast Humane has been greeting people at the door for more than seven years, testing every bed that gets donated. Amere, 11 years old, initially came from a hoarding situation with 100 other cats. (Hannah LaClaire/The Times Record)

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