OGDEN -- Larry Stokes, 40, was driving by the new PetSmart on 12th Street on Friday when he saw a bunch of white tents and black cages in the parking lot.
He knew exactly what was happening: A rescued-pet adoption event was setting up.
Stokes had already adopted a terrier at a similar event, but he was unable to resist a quick peek at the dozens of cats and dogs needing a new home.
Through Sunday evening, eight Top of Utah animal shelters are hoping to find owners for about 100 cats and 150 dogs.
One of them is Odie, a 2-year-old Tibetan terrier mix with a natural mohawk.
"You're too cute," Stokes said, crouching down and letting Odie lick his face. The Weber County Animal Shelter had picked Odie up off the street in Ogden about a week ago.
Stokes snapped a picture of the dog with his phone and thought about adopting him or another pet before he left.
By 5:30 p.m. Friday, four shelters already participating in the event had found a home for at least one of their animals. The other four shelters plan to arrive at the event today.
One of the adopted animals was Ginger, a black-and-white Schnauzer that stands no taller than the knees of her new owner, Jeanine Earl. The dog is much smaller than Earl's current Schnauzer, who at 14 years old is scheduled to be euthanized today because of poor health.
"We didn't want to wait," Earl said.
When picking up the paperwork for Ginger, Earl thanked the shelter for uniting them.
"You guys are going to make (losing a pet) much easier."
The Cache Humane Society set up the event with the new PetSmart because officials believed the store's grand opening, set for today, would expose a large number of people to rescued animals needing a home.
"This is a great opportunity for everyone," said Mike Bishop, director of the Cache Humane Society. He pointed out that most of the shelters offer free spay and neutering service.
The event runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.