Riverside County Animal Services may have set a new, one-day pet adoption record during this weekend’s Mega Match-A-Thon, a nationwide shelter-adoption event, according to officials there.
John Welsh, a spokesman for the agency, said the record was possibly set on Saturday, and it involved two of the county’s shelters; Coachella Valley Animal Campus and Western Riverside County and City Animal Shelter.
“We had a pretty astonishing day,” he said on Monday.
Altogether, Welsh said, more than 400 animals — mostly dogs and cats — were adopted by people from the region and Orange County.
He said the number of adoptions at the two shelters in a 24-hour period may make for an entry in the Guinness World Records book.
More than 50 animal shelters across the country participated in the nationwide animal adoption event held Friday through Sunday, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or the ASPCA.