PHOTOS: Big turnout at Harris Co. Animal Shelter after story goes viral

The Harris County Animal Shelter saw an overwhelming response on Saturday as people lined up outside to adopt after dozens of puppies were brought in on Thursday.

HOUSTON -- Saturdays are usually busy at the Harris County Animal Shelter on Canino Road, but it was especially busy this weekend after a story about 59 puppies went viral.

Volunteers at the Harris County Animal Shelter reported the shelter took in 59 puppies in just one hour on Thursday, according to the shelter's volunteer Facebook page. The shelter posted photos of some of the animals and explained each one of them needs a loving home to save their life.

KHOU 11 was at the shelter Saturday morning as dozens of people formed a line out the door to look at the pups and foster or adopt them.

Photos: Harris County Animal Shelter sees overwhelming response after adoption plea

We're told at least 90 pets were adopted or fostered on Saturday and were placed in loving homes. This is a single-day record for the shelter.

Related: Harris County Animal Shelter takes in 59 puppies in just one hour

Photos: Young pups at Harris Co. Animal Shelter as of July 7, 2017

Late Friday, volunteers also posted this update: "It turns out, it would have been SIXTY puppies. One puppy per minute into a shelter meant to hold 150 animals at max capacity 😥 But we just learned of a wonderful family that saved "number sixty" (name TBD) before she could even be turned in. Here is what they said:

"I took this girl or it would have been 60 yesterday. Thank goodness when she escaped the box I knew she would be mine. We went to the vet and she got her shots. If her litter mates are anything like her they will be smart pups. She hasn't been having any accidents in the home yet! New proud pet owner."

THIS makes our heart happy!

Please, we are begging, ADOPT, DON'T SHOP "

But volunteers say they are already four times over capacity at the shelter and are asking for the public to adopt the animals so they can avoid having them euthanized.

In total, 110 animals were brought in just in one day on Thursday, the shelter reported. 

Anyone interested in adopting one of the puppies or any other animal at the shelter can visit the shelter at 612 Canino Road in Houston during adoption hours: Monday through Friday 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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