LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville Metro Animal Services is putting out a public plea because their kennels are full.
Since March 1, the agency has taken in more than 400 dogs and suffered their own version of March Madness.
"Dogs just bring so much joy and happiness," said Paul Green a Louisville pastor who was checking out available dogs at the LMAS Animal House Adoption Center with his wife Veronica. The couple was looking after their best four legged friend of ten years passed away a few weeks ago.
"We want to be able to help out those animals that need a home," Green told WAVE 3.
They narrowed it down to Nan, a cute shepherd mix, and 4-year-old Jasmine. "Her owner passed away and none of the family was able to take her," Green said of Jasmine.
For LMAS, the timing couldn't be better. "We want to try to tell the community look, we need your help because these animals are coming in every day homeless and need a second chance," said LMAS Director Justin Scally.
After getting more than 400 animals through their doors since March 1, due in part to extremely early warm weather and an abundance of strays outside, the agency decided with all the attention on basketball this month why not use the Cardinals and Wildcats to draw up their own March Madness game plan.
Their 3 point shot? $25 adoption fees for traditionally harder to place dogs like pit bull mixes, black dogs and hound dogs. The double team? A dog and cat for the price of one, and the slam dunk? Cats over six months can be taken home for just $20.
Not only is LMAS full but, the Humane Society in Louisville also just took in dozens of the dogs rescued from a puppy mill in eastern Kentucky.
Scally said, "This is a community issue and we need the community's support to help address this so, come and help all of us place these animals,"
He made the plea, "We're begging for your help to give them that opportunity."
If you're thinking about adopting a new pet and getting in on the deals, the Animal House Adoption Center on Newburg Road is open Tuesday through Sunday.