May 17, 2012


SPCA rescues dogs from NC shelter

8 puppies would have been killed in overcrowded shelter

SPCAJoe McIntyre/staff photographer
Nugget, a 4-month-old Carolina breed of dog, looks out of its kennel on the adoption floor of the Cortland SPCA Tuesday. Eight dogs were rescued on Saturday from an overcrowded shelter in North Carolina. Nugget and one other dog have already been adopted.

Staff Reporter

Eight dogs from North Carolina have another chance at life, after the Cortland Community Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals rescued them Saturday.
Officials drove to a transfer point in New Jersey to pick up the canines, which had been slated for euthanasia at a shelter in North Carolina. It was the first time the local SPCA did this type of rescue, which it could do because its kennels were not full.
The dogs were quiet for the entire four-hour trip back to the local SPCA, a no-kill shelter, said Neil Burns, an SPCA volunteer who drove the dogs back. Burns and Kitty Totman, president of the CCSPCA Board of Directors, drove the animals in a large Suburban that city fireman Mike Tenkate had loaned the shelter for the trip.
Totman said she connected to the group Middle Mutts on Facebook and arranged to be part of a rescue transfer. Middle Mutts acts as a liaison for animals that are slated to be euthanized, scheduling their transport for pickup by shelters that have room and agree to take them in. Totman found the group while looking for rescue groups to ‘friend’ on Facebook.
Ruin Creek, a shelter in North Carolina, transported the dogs to New Jersey, Totman said. They were rescued from Vance County Shelter in North Carolina.
Before the exchange, Shelter Manager Sandy Snyder selected the eight dogs after getting a list of dogs slated for euthanasia at the Vance County Shelter. Over 50 dogs were on the list.
Snyder picked those that were most likely to be adopted.
Totman said the dogs are loving and gentle.
“We got the most amazing dogs,” she said. “They are so starved for love, they were quiet all the way back and literally hugged us when they got out of the van.”
Six dogs are up for adoption; the youngest, 12 weeks old, was adopted Tuesday and a 4-month-old Carolina mix, Nugget, was adopted Wednesday.
The dogs are all mixed breeds except for one purebred black Chow, estimated to be about 8 months old.
In the kennel Tuesday, the dogs wagged their tails, licked their handlers and begged for attention from behind their bars.
Bandit, a large beagle mix, sat calmly in the arms of an SPCA worker, shyly looking at the onlookers.
Nugget barked at visitors while Macy, a Corgi mix, licked SPCA worker Tiffany Lyon as she administered deworming medication.
Susie Q and Sam, brother and sister terrier mixes, vied for attention in a shared kennel, while another mix, Precious, was out for a walk.
All the dogs will be neutered and spayed before being adopted. They have had all their shots, Totman said. The only restriction is that the Chow, now named Charity, cannot be adopted to a home with cats, she said.
The dogs were going to be euthanized because they had not been adopted out within a few weeks, Totman said, which is common at the larger shelters that get overcrowded. The dogs will stay at the local SPCA until they are adopted, she said.
“They are looking for a ‘forever’ home,” Totman said. “They are loving, gentle and they are going to bond very quickly with whoever adopts them.”
Totman hopes to continue rescuing other dogs, but funds are slim. The transportation and medical care is costly. She hopes to raise enough to arrange monthly pickups through Middle Mutt.
Totman urges people who want to contribute to the effort to make donations to the Cortland Community SPCA and write “Charity” on the check.
The money will go toward a “Charity” fund, named after the Chow who needed a lot of extra care when she was taken in. Shelter workers found ticks and maggots on the dog, who had sores on her underside from urine burns. Totman said the dog sat in the tub wagging her tail as the workers cleaned her and tended to her wounds.
“Charity is a good name for her because charity means love,” Totman said.


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