It may have been bitter and raining off and on outside on Saturday, but it warm and furry, raining cats and dogs inside the Polish Hall all day Saturday.
“We had to turn people away before we were even open,” said Jamie Berger, communications director for the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, which organized a pet adopt-a-thon on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at the Polish Hall.
The event featured nine rescue groups from as far as Hempstead. Within the first two hours, 14 animals had been adopted out, though some groups just reserved animals rather than adopting on the spot.
Maria Estrada, who came from Holbrook, came on Saturday in hopes of finding a golden retreiver to take home. Instead, she couldn’t resist Mo, a four-month-old terrier-lab mix. Though she’s not sure about keeping the name.
“He’s active, alert, and friendly,” she said, as she smiled for a picture.
Downtown Riverhead resident Isabelle Gonzalez brought her son, Viktor Paris, to the event also looking for a golden, or possibly a husky. Deterred as well by another loving dog, the two couldn’t resist Penelope, a two-and-a-half-year-old corgie mix.
“This will do,” he said as she jumped up on him. “I love that she’s jumpy and so active.”