How Volunteers Are Saving Hundreds of Animals

By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
By: Deanna Bettineschi Email

Animals that are housed in the Dothan Animal Shelter have a little more than two and a half weeks to live.
But volunteers are taking extra steps by transporting them to save their lives.
Every dog or cat that enters this facility is on a time limit.
If they’re not adopted in 20 days, they get euthanized.
But save-a-pet tries to keep that number low.
And when adoptions aren’t working, they turn to transports.

“Last month we got 178 dogs out of Dothan. They would be in that dumpster they would be killed. “Save a Pet volunteer Elsie Campbell said.

Yesterday, they had another transport of 80 animals to Atlanta.
And every dog that shipped away, goes to a no kill shelter, giving them a second chance…or in a cats worlds, ten lives.
And all the people who work to make these animals have a better life, do it for free.

“The fact that these people do this for no money for love, and there job description is they don’t smell good but they do it out of sheer love of the animal.” Campbell said.

Because adoptions are low in the summer, no matter what state you're in, the volunteers can only send so many animals.

“It’s a hard decision who goes who lives who doesn’t.” Campbell said.

Each transport costs about four thousand dollars.
Campbell says this is because the animals have to be vaccinated beforehand.

“We put in for grants everyplace we can think of.” Campbell said.

The more money they get through grants and donations, the more shipments they can do...and the more animals they can save.

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