AUGUSTA — Kennebec Valley Humane Society officials hope to empty the shelter of adoptable pets in a special event scheduled today.

The Empty the Shelter adoption event will feature “dog speed dating” and reduced adoption rates in an effort to find all the local shelter’s adoptable pets homes.

The event is at the shelter just off Western Avenue in Augusta, on Pet Haven Lane, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In dog speed dating, staff and volunteers will help make connections between potential adopters and dogs in need of homes, according to Hillary Roberts, executive director of the nonprofit shelter.

Cats won’t be left out. Adoption rates for adults will be reduced to $25 from the usual $75, some adoption fees will be waived and kitten adoptions will be two kittens for the normal $100 price of one.

There will also be lemonade and a bake sale.

Summer is the busiest time of year for the shelter, which serves 21 area municipalities and nearly 3,000 animals in need of homes every year.

“The summer months are so busy at our local shelter with animals filling our kennels and stretching our resources,” Roberts said in a news release. “Our goal at KVHS is to provide a fun day of adoption opportunities for our community and to provide homes for these loving animals. We’re hoping this attempt to empty our shelter enables us to meet the needs of these animals and also help introduce people to a new family pet.”

As of Wednesday, the shelter had 13 dogs and 55 cats and kittens available for adoption, Roberts said.

For more information and to view photographs of some of the pets that are available for adoption, those interested can can go online to

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