A team-up that is giving pups another chance at life

A team-up that is giving pups another chance at life

WATSON, N.Y. (WWNY) - Some have long, floppy ears and others have very unique markings.

These are some of the dogs that can be found at the Lewis County Humane Society.

But not all of these furry friends come from the North Country.

Lewis County has teamed up with the Herkimer County Humane Society to rescue dogs from kill shelters in Tennessee.

“Oh it’s phenomenal, I love doing this. This is probably the best part of the job is being able to save the dogs that don’t have anywhere else to go and are at risk. So, it’s just great,” said shelter manager Amber Zehr.

Zehr says most of the dogs from down south are brought to Herkimer County, and if they run out of space, Lewis County takes some dogs in.

She says they have partnered with Gambler 500, a nearby trail company, that has helped to transport the animals from Herkimer County.

Gambler 500′s Treasurer, Jake Leach, says the partnership was a no-brainer.

“It’s life changing for them. They would likely be euthanasia dogs without us, so as far as I’m concerned, we are saving lives,” said Leach.

Last year, Lewis County was able to rescue 34 dogs with another 7 coming in on Saturday.

Popcorn is the lone remaining dog from the last group that came up from Tennessee. He may actually may find a forever home very soon, something Zehr says she hopes happens to all of the newcomers.

“The greatest part is people will send us updates and stuff of how the animals are doing in their home and we get over there on the wall there’s pictures and stuff of how they are doing and how they are adjusting and that is the best,” said Zehr.

Zehr says some of the new dogs will need to be evaluated by a veterinarian before they can be put up for adoption. But, as soon as they are cleared, they will be put up on the humane society’s website.

A group helping to find a forever home for one four-legged friend at a time.

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