People who work at Anchorage Animal Care and Control said they were blown away by what happened this weekend after word got out they had too many cats.

The shelter was flooded with people who came to adopt. Spokeswoman Laura Atwood said between Friday morning and Sunday evening, 30 cats found new homes.

“This was unexpected,” she said. “I mean, this response from the community was completely overwhelming.”

Several people in the community raised money or donated funds to cover adoption fees. One person, Hank VanDickerson, raised more than $2,000.

“The original goal on that fundraiser was $1,000,” Atwood said. “By, I want to say around noon on Saturday, Hank had raised $765. When I checked this morning that was up to $2,200."

Atwood said they were extremely grateful for the support, which meant even more cats could be adopted.

As of Monday morning, there were five cats available for adoption whose fees had already been paid. Atwood added that new cats are becoming available all the time, although people would likely have to pay to adopt them.

Reached by phone, VanDickerson said money left from the fundraising effort would be donated to the nonprofit Friends of Anchorage Animal Care and Control to use for a future adoption event.

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