Thursday, July 23, 2009
Animal Humane Society (AHS) took in 27 adult dogs and puppies and two bunnies from two different shelters in rural Wisconsin today. Staff from AHS traveled to Wisconsin early today to pick up the dogs from Barron County Humane Society and Rusk County Animal Shelter. The two rural Wisconsin shelters are currently overrun with dogs and contacted AHS to take the animals in for adoption placement in the Twin Cities.
“We are fortunate at Animal Humane Society to have incredible adoption rates for dogs,” states Bruce Kranig, manager of the Golden Valley facility. “The Twin Cities is a dog-loving community and the dogs that come to our adoption centers don’t wait long for a new home.”
The same is not true for the shelters who contacted AHS for assistance. Barron County has taken in more than 1,000 dogs this year, 200 more than they received in 2008. Lee Lewis, manager of the organization, believes the downed economy is the contributing factor in the dramatic increase.
AHS takes in animals from 54 different organizations in the Upper Midwest that need assistance. Since January 2008, AHS has received 142 dogs from Barron County to be placed for adoption. In contrast, AHS also works with 41 different organizations to place animals that aren’t adoptable through its centers, such as companion animals with special veterinary needs, exotic pets and wildlife needing sanctuary.
Watch WCCO's coverage of the dogs arrival by clicking the image below
James Schugel reporting