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Officials hope excitement over Hanover dogs up adoption will help shelters in need

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Everyday, hundreds of animals are in shelters across Central Virginia looking for their forever home.

For example, 10-year-old Baxter, a Pointer mix has been at Richmond Animal League for two months now.

On Wednesday morning, more than 60 dogs in Hanover County will finally be up for adoption as well.

The animals there were taken from a Hanover County home after police found them in squalid living conditions.

"We're delighted that they are going to responsible homes and I'm sure they'll be taken care of," said Richmond Animal League Executive Director, Amy McCracken

However, McCracken said she hopes the Hanover adoptions highlight the need all the shelters are in.

"Shelters are always full and crowded, and we need adopters every single day," she said.

At Richmond Animal Care and Control, there are currently 60 dogs and 25 cats up for adoption.

The Richmond SPCA has a total of 186 animals available.

The Chesterfield County Animal Shelter has 90 dogs and 70 cats for adoption.

"We deal with a lot of dogs running loose, so when we pick them up that challenges the shelter with having a large number of animals," said Steven Ayers with Chesterfield County Animal Control.

As for the joy adoption can bring for a family, Robert and Sharon Hooper will tell you the rewards are endless.

"Yeah, we love our babies," said Sharon Hooper.

The Chesterfield County Animal Control will be having an adoption special July 1 and July 2. All animals will be $10.

The Richmond Animal Care and Control is running a special through Friday. All dogs are $20.