Published: Sep 07, 2012 4:11 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 07, 2012 4:16 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- This week, Lee County made a desperate plea for pet adoptions. Dozens of animals still need homes, but thankfully the public's response saved their lives.

"I thought well, I'll come out and take a look at her," said Trisha Wilkins.

Wilkins and others heard about the overcrowding problem at Lee County Domestic Animal Services. Now, they're taking home new pets. Sixty healthy dogs and cats were in danger of being euthanized. Because of the public response, those animals have been saved.

"We just kind of thought if we could adopt out 30 dogs and 30 cats, that would alleviate the overcrowding, but prevent any euthanasia of adoptable animals," said LCDAS Spokeswoman Ria Brown.

The conference room is no longer housing any pets but the crates are there because the shelter is still over crowded and animals are coming in daily.

"We have had a lot of people coming in. Some looking, some adopting and we've had some rescues help us out as well, however we've still had more animals coming in than going out," said Brown.

Mary Browning is giving her new cat, Ricky, a good home and a companion to her other cat.

"I have always loved cats from the time I was little, and my mother would never let me have one when I was real little...I'm making up for lost time," she said.

But the door swings both ways. Since Wednesday, 69 animals have come in and only 38 went out.

"During the summer months, adoptions are slow. It's kitten season. Our cat intake triples during those months, so we really do need people to come in here and adopt instead of shop for a pet," said Brown.

The shelter is running a special on adoptions this month. You'll get $20 to $50 off the already reduced adoption fee.