Happy, healthy puppies and kittens are up for adoption every day at the Love at First Sight Adoption Center in the Sylvan Park neighborhood of west Nashville.
"It's really hard to choose, especially when they're puppies, because they're all really cute," said visitor Marquis Summers, who turned a recent lunch break into a puppy break.
Each pup at the adoption center on Murphy Road is just 6 to 12 weeks old, less than 15 pounds and has that "please pick me" gaze.
They are cute and 100 percent healthy, as they've been cleared by the veterinarians across the street at Murphy Road Animal Hospital.
Everyone is working together with area humane shelters to ensure that healthy pets don't have to sit around, waiting for adoption while surrounded by less healthy animals.
Love at First Sight calls what they do "careful adoptions," and the goal is to match puppies and kittens with loving homes and owners that won't contribute to the ever-growing problem of pet overpopulation.
"That's why we're here. The ultimate success is that we'd go out of business, because there's no more pups or kittens to take in because they all have homes," said Dr. Craig Prior, medical director at Murphy Road Animal Hospital.
For now, that remains a pipe dream, considering 4 million cats and dogs are euthanized every year in this country.
Anna Matthews is doing her part to help, volunteering her photography skills so the puppies and kittens can get internet exposure and a greater chance for adoption.
"Puppies are always good to warm people's hearts, so he shouldn't be too hard to find home for," she said, photographing a young pup.
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