August 17, 2010
Animal Humane Society rolled out the red carpet to welcome the 2,000th dog from our Oklahoma partner group, Save Our Strays. A four-person team from Save our Strays traveled 700 miles with 60 dogs including Rachelle, a 2-year-old black lab.
Through this ongoing partnership with Animal Humane Society, dogs that arrive with Save our Strays are vaccinated, sterilized and made available for adoption in the Twin Cities — dogs or puppies that would likely have been euthanized due to the lack of resources and space available in Oklahoma.
Husband and wife team David and Connie Guthrie founded “Save our Strays,” a non-profit animal rescue group, after the death of their daughter who was an animal advocate. Together, David and Connie work tirelessly to save as many dogs as possible and travel to Minnesota as often as twice a week.
“Thanks to the tremendous support of Twin Cities dog adopters, Animal Humane Society has the resources, the space and a responsibility to help these dogs and the ability to place them in the community,” says Janelle Dixon, CEO/president of Animal Humane Society. “Last year, we were able to take in 3,132 animals from other animal organizations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Georgia and Oklahoma with limited resources to care for them.”
Staff, volunteers, and AHS supporters were on hand to welcome the team. It will take approximately one week before this group of dogs will be available for adoption as they will need to be evaluated, treated and sterilized.
More about Rachelle, the 2,000th dog:
Rachelle and four other dogs were found abandoned along the highway in Arkansas. The family that found them called a local rescue organization that was able to take the dogs in temporarily. David and Connie Guthrie of Save our Strays were picking up dogs from the rescue organization when they met Rachelle, the sweet 2-year-old black lab. They knew she would make a great pet and transported her to Minnesota where she will now find her new home.