Published: Dec 26, 2012 5:46 PM EST
Updated: Dec 26, 2012 5:52 PM EST

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - 2012 has been a great year for the Naples Humane Society.

"We've already adopted out close to 2,800 animals," said Michael Simonik.

It's a record for the animal shelter that often saves these pets' lives.

"For us that means the more animals that we can get adopted that's more we can save from local animal control."

Executive Director Michael Simonik said the econmy has a lot to do with this year's record numbers.

"A lot of animals are coming in because people can't afford to keep them and because of the economy I think there's a lot more people deciding to adopt the pet at the fees that we have versus buying a pet for say 1200 dollars or 2200 dollars," said Simonik.

And one of the animals being adopted today was four month old, Tilly.

"She's a playful kitty and she's going to have a happy home," said Cindy Hayes.

But Christmas is also responsible for keeping employees here busy.

"By the time the holiday came we were doing 25, 28 adoptions over the weekend each day."

Creating happy families and freeing cages for new, temporary residents, hoping to find a permanent home.