Three anonymous Santa Barbara County donors have pledged "to make Christmas miracles happen for dogs, cats and the people who love them here in the Central Coast,” according to Sean Hawkins, executive director for the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society.

With the fire on the South Coast and Texans continuing to recover from devastating floods as a result of Hurricane Harvey, the shelter has been filled to near capacity with dogs and cats in need of a home.

Hearing of the Thomas fire emergency and the shelter being filled with animals in need of homes, one donor stepped forward to pay the adoption fees for every pet in the shelter through Christmas, to get as many pets as possible adopted into homes before the holidays.

"Never before has the Humane Society helped so many animals by transferring adoptable pets from fire and flood areas to our shelter so those dogs and cats can find permanent loving homes here in our community," Hawkins said.

“This was the first Clear the Shelter event in an attempt to find every homeless dog and cat a permanent, loving home in time for Christmas,” he continued. “We have adopted 285 dogs and cats into new homes so far this quarter. That’s a record for us!"

The no-fee adoption promotion continues through the weekend. The shelter, located at 1687 W. Stowell Road, will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. To view all pets looking for homes, visit www.smvhs.org/adopt.

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Two additional donors have combined forces to create a matching gift challenge, pledging to contribute up to $25,000 by matching dollar-for-dollar every donation through the end of the year up to that amount.

“Now is the time to make your year-end contribution and your donation will be matched," Hawkins added. "You can contribute online and double your donation at www.smvhs.org/donate."

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