VANCOUVER — One hundred dogs were rescued over this past weekend from California kill shelters, after B.C rescue group, Thank Dog I Am, intervened in their fate. The Canadian rescue paired up with Landmark Aviation and Wings Of Rescue, to fly the dogs from California to Vancouver. All one hundred dogs then searched for their forever homes on Saturday the 7th of November, at Thank Dog I Am Rescue Society’s Save 100 Dogs event.
Founder of the rescue group, Susan Patterson, revealed the event brought out a lot of supporters for a cause in need. Patterson admits that the situation in California animal shelters can be very dire, with overcrowding leading to euthanasia of often perfectly healthy animals. Patterson was inspired to help the dogs in California and relieve some of the shelters by getting in touch with her contacts out there to arrange some cross-border adoptions. The rescue specifically focused on saving small-breed dogs that are seldom found in shelters in Canada. Most of the dogs rescued were under 30-pounds.
Prior to the adoption event, Patterson had volunteers visit the homes of potential adopters to ensure that their houses were dog-friendly. The number one priority for the organization is the safety and well-being of the pets. Despite the success of the event, Thank Dog I am, stressed to the individuals adopting that if it didn’t work out, they could always return the dog to the rescue for rehoming. The last thing the organization wants is for the dogs to end up on the streets or in another shelter again.