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It was a long ride from Georgia to New York for some fury friends, but now they are at the Jefferson County SPCA in Watertown looking for a place to call their forever home.
"Knowing that they aren't going to die and they are gonna come here and gonna be loved, it's definitely warm and fuzzy and you just feel so good," said Heather Spezzano, executive director of the Jefferson County SPCA.
The 20 dogs were saved from being euthanized through a program called Project Freedom Ride. That program was started in Texas by a 7 year old boy named Roman McConn. Since 2016, he has helped save more than 1,000 dogs by getting them transported to other shelters. This group of dogs is the first to come to the north country.
"I thought, wow, we can help. You know 90 percent of the time our cages are empty so I just reached out to them," said Spezzano.
The 10 puppies, their mother, and another dog who is sort of a step-mom, will be staying in two foster homes. They will be ready to be adopted in about 4 weeks.
"It makes me feel really good because I see all the time how litters get abandoned and stuff and this way we can help," said Jamie Kieffer, foster dog mom.
With the phones ringing off the hook, Spezzano says it's likely the other 9 dogs will find homes within the next few days.