Fourteen young dogs, both purebreed and mixed, were among thousands in Georgia regularly scheduled to die in one of the most cruel methods possible ... the gas chamber. They were guilty of no crime other than no longer having homes, and being in an area where shelters were overcrowded. But these fourteen got lucky ... in a joint animal rescue effort between the Society and Death Row Dogs of Georgia, they found a safety net in our Forked River Shelter.
Early in January, we were contacted by Death Row Dogs, an all volunteer group in Georgia whose sole mission is to help dogs slated for the gas chamber to escape this horrific death and find the possibility of a home. They asked if we might take some dogs, all in immediate danger. We agreed to accept fourteen, which we could do without putting any or our own orphans in jeopardy, our primary concern.
Late Saturday night, Jan. 14th, the dogs and hard-working volunteers arrived, having driven straight up from Georgia. Many of the dogs had already been spayed or neutered, and all had health certificates and were up to date on shots. As the dogs were brought into our shelter they seemed disheartened, yet all were well-mannered and eager to please. At least four offered their paw to staff in a gesture of friendliness, perhaps gratitude. A few were reluctant to come in the door, some about coming out of their travelling crates, (see photo at right of Forked River Shelter Manager Cathi Grey coaxing a reluctant pup from his carrier), but all were treated to a warm welcome and lots of affection from staff.
We receive calls frequently asking for help, and we do what we can to help out animals, especially those in tragic and/or unique circumstances. We were pleased to offer our animal rescue assistance to these fourteen dogs who faced the gas chamber, so cruel a method of euthanasia that it is legally outlawed in New Jersey and many other states. Unfortunately, Georgia isn't one of them. Volunteers told us that kittens and puppies were often drowned as an expedient method of euthanasia, and there were many, many small adoptable dogs subjected to the gas chamber as well. So we have committed to also helping some of the small dogs as space permits in our four shelters.
We're happy to report that thanks to this animal rescue effort, six of the dogs have already found loving homes!! Pictured here are the remaining hopefuls. For information about them, please call our Forked River shelter at (609) 693-1900, or e-mail us at NJhumane@aol.com with Death Row Dogs in the subject line.
Saving the lives of animals and giving them the best possible future is what we do ... won't you please take a moment and support our many animal rescue efforts, including these fourteen dogs that no longer face agonizing deaths, but lifetimes of promise.