MORE than 60 families will wake up to a happy new furry family member today.

This is due to a "raging success" of a day at Ballinger Sports Complex where more than 60 canines were adopted by Sunshine Coast families.

The Adopt a Dog Day is part of the biggest adoption program to be run in the southern hemisphere, with organiser Jason Smith intending to host another on the Coast before the end of the year.

"It has certainly perked up all the refuges and given them some positivity," said Mr Smith, the director of dog food company Ocean Forest Farm.

Marie Barnes from Hervey Bay is hoping surfer Dudley will find a new home.
Marie Barnes from Hervey Bay is hoping surfer Dudley will find a new home.

"We've also picked up lots of volunteers and foster carers - it was an amazing day," he said.

"It has been a really emotional day seeing all these dogs find new homes."

Thousands of canine lovers flooded through the gates to find their latest family member, with more than half of the 130 pups on show finding a new home.

One of those dogs was Dudley, a three-legged surf crazy pooch who is currently being looked after by the Wide Bay Animal Rescue group.

His carers were hoping to find Dudley a forever home soon as he had been without one for a while.

Mr Smith said another wave of adoptions was expected in coming days, as Coast families arranged to adopt a new pet.

"A lot of the dogs have been earmarked," he said.

"Some people want to check their gardens and yards, and check with their landlords, so that's another wave of dogs that could go."

Mr Smith is looking for an indoor venue to run another Adopt a Dog Day later in the year.

He said Ocean Forest Farm would then tour cities around Australia in an attempt to have hundreds of refuge dogs homed.

All proceeds from the Adopt a Dog Day will go back into caring for refuge dogs.

For further information about Adopt a Dog Day, please visit http://www.facebook.com/oceanforestfarm or call Jason Smith on 0498 564 064.



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