TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Dogs and cats without a home are certainly not left out of Christmas festivities in Topeka.
The 3rd annual Howliday Adopt-a-thon kicked off at Helping Hands Humane Society on Rochester Road.
The shelter currently has 275 animals, 150 of which are up for adoption. They have dogs, cats and even two rats waiting for someone to take them home.
The goal is to find homes for at least 50 animals in two days. Last year, 65 animals were adopted through the Adopt-a-thon.
The event began with a Christmas dinner for the animals. Dogs munched on grilled hamburger patties and cats nibbled tuna, all sponsored by Carmona Comfort Air, Inc.
While the number of homeless animals is not up this year, Helping Hands stresses the importance of animals finding loving homes, and they hope the Christmas season reminds them of that.
Director of Adoptions Kathy Maxwell said the staff at Helping Hands wants as many animals to find a home, but for people to really think about it so they know what they're getting into.