BOISE, Idaho – If you’re considering a new pet – now is a great time to help an animal in need. Local animal shelter staff gathered this afternoon to welcome 33 dogs in need of forever homes.
These dogs will be placed in local animal shelters in New Orleans. Unfortunately in the South, shelters are overpopulated, making these pets difficult to adopt.
“These pets are going to have new opportunities in Idaho,” said Christine Shelhaus, Idaho Humane Society communications manager.
according to American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, approximately 6.3 million companion animals enter American animal shelters each year. About 920,000 of those shelter animals are euthanized.
But there is another way. While there are a lot of dogs in New Orleans, here in Idaho we don’t have enough. Idaho Humane Society tells me that local population growth is driving up the demand for pets.
“So many people who have moved are looking to adopt, and normally, we can adopt these animals within 24 to 48 hours,” Shelhas said.
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The 137 dogs in the flight will be distributed between shelters in Boise and Seattle.
Here is the list of shelters:
Idaho Humane Society, Lake Lowell Animal Rescue, PAWS, Seattle Humane, Seattle Area Feline Rescue, Embrace A Discarded Animal Society, Motley Zoo and Animal Protection Society – Friday Harbor.