MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - For many of us, pets are a big part of the family.
Whether they have two legs or four, many spent their Sunday afternoon at Blount County Humane Society's sixth annual "Smoky Mountain Critter Fest" at Maryville College.
The event featured cats and dogs available for adoption from rescue groups across east Tennessee. There was also music, games, and things for sale.
Organizers say the goal of the festival is to promote the importance of no-kill shelters.
"It's very exciting. It requires a lot of effort by volunteers, but it is completely worth it. I really believe we can see a future where we can see every single shelter animal," said Hollie Bivens with the Blount County Humane Society.
Bivens says over 70 rescue groups and vendors participated in the Critter Fest.