TUPELO – A week after two dozen pound puppies left Mississippi for Wisconsin, nearly all have found permanent homes.
The dogs were taken from the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society on Oct. 6 and arrived at the Wisconsin Humane Society the next day. They were shipped through PetSmart Charities’ Rescue Waggin’ program.
“They arrived on Wednesday night and were given initial vaccinations, a brief medical exam, their first collars and a nice, comfy bed to sleep in after their long trip,” said WHS spokeswoman Angela Speed. “On Thursday, the puppies were bathed, photographed, microchipped and spayed or neutered. They went up for adoption on Friday morning.”
By Wednesday, 20 had found homes, including a little black-and-white puppy named Bosko.
“Bosko is the sweetest little puppy, and is thriving in his new forever home,” the new owners said in an e-mail to WHS. “We took him to the vet on Monday and he loves his new home and we love him.”
Speed said the rest likely will be adopted within the next few days.
It was welcome news for TLHS Director Debbie Hood, who struggles to adopt out the hundreds of animals coming into the shelter each week. Those that don’t find homes quickly are euthanized to make room for the steady stream of new arrivals.
The Wisconsin shelter, by contrast, adopts out 100 percent of its healthy animals, said Speed. Tupelo officials said they plan to send more of their dogs and puppies north through the Rescue Waggin’ program.
TLHS worked about one year to gain entry into Rescue Waggin’, which takes dogs from high-euthanasia shelters and sends them to low-euthanasia shelters. It will make rounds to Tupelo monthly.
“We just hope we will be able to increase the numbers of animals that are guaranteed a home in the future,” Hood said.
Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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