Published: Jun 01, 2014 8:22 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 01, 2014 11:22 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Dozens of dogs were adopted for free this weekend thanks to Maddie's Fund. They're a national non-profit that gives up to $2,000 to shelters for every pet adopted.
 
"It's phenomenal," said Ria Brown of Lee County Domestic Animal Services. "We struggle everyday to get people to come in here and adopt, not shop for a pet. Something like this, where all these people are coming in and we're hoping we clear out the shelter is just a huge boost to us."

"We did 82 adoptions yesterday," she continued. "Conservatively, that will be about $45,000 from Maddie's Fund. There is no other fundraiser that could come up with or possibly hold that could generate this kind of money in a weekend."

You have to quality to adopt and the guidelines are strict. LCDAS says over two days, 138 pets were adopted and, they still have plenty more looking for homes.

You can visit the shelter at 5600 Banner Drive in Fort Myers or call them at (239) 533-7387 (LEE-PETS)