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“Rescue Ride” Dog Rescue is Saving Lives

By: LCHS Release/ Amy Long
By: LCHS Release/ Amy Long

(Tallahassee, FL) - March 30.2011

Fourteen pups are getting a second chance at life by taking a "Rescue Ride" six hours south of their home in Douglas County, Georgia.

The Leon County Humane Society and PEDIGREE Foundation teamed up to save even more lives by transporting dogs from low foot traffic shelters to shelters in central Florida where there's greater demand for lap smaller dogs.

The lucky pets are examined and vaccinated, and get to stay overnight in the luxury suites at the Humane Society to get ready for their new homes.

Melissa Abernathy with the Leon County Humane Society says, "These particular ones (dogs) came from a shelter that, I believe, gets an average of 18 animals a day and does fewer than 20 adoptions a month. In central Florida where they really need dogs, the people are ready and willing adopters."

This is the first group of canines LCHS has arranged to transport. They will be on their way to Ocala in the morning 3/31.

Find out how you can donate: http://www.lchs.info/ OR call 850.224.9193

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(Tallahassee, FL) – March 29, 2011

The Leon County Humane Society (LCHS) and PEDIGREE Foundation have teamed up to save even more lives of canine companions in Florida’s Big Bend community! Wheels are turning this year as “Rescue Ride”, a program created by LCHS and funded by the PEDIGREE Foundation, rescues dogs from shelters in North Florida and South Georgia and transports them to adoption programs in Central Florida. On Wednesday March 30, 2011 (between 10:30 am – 11:30 am) “Rescue Ride” has a green light, as the first fourteen dogs will arrive in Tallahassee at Bradfordville Paws & Claws Veterinary Hospital. These lucky pets will be examined & vaccinated by the veterinarians at Paws & Claws Clinic, a proud partner of this unique program. These fourteen dogs will then be boarded overnight, resting & getting ready for the final phase of their transport. On Thursday March 31, 2011 they will travel to the Humane Society of Marion County, where they will be spayed/neutered, microchipped and placed into their adoption program. LCHS volunteers and staff will be coordinating this new grant program on a monthly basis to save nearly 300 stray & homeless dogs and place them in forever homes!

Established in 1960, LCHS has a long-established history of progressive programs to help companion pets and their families. “We’re proud to receive an Innovation Grant from The PEDIGREE Foundation in recognition of the great work we do for dogs,” said Sonya White, LCHS Executive Director. “We have a strong passion for finding animals loving homes and we’re excited for the opportunity to partner with The PEDIGREE Foundation to shed light on how people can save lives by adopting wonderful pets!”

In 2010 the PEDIGREE Foundation awarded $226,000 of grant money to selected shelters and rescue groups across the country to increase dog adoption and help with a variety of needs, including behavior training, feeding, housing and support for medical issues. The LCHS “Rescue Ride” program was one of ten projects nation-wide to receive an Innovation Grant.

The Leon County Humane Society, located at 413 Timberlane Rd, Tallahassee, Florida 32312 is a private, non-profit organization, supported 100% by donations and volunteers. Additional information is available at www.LCHS.info. or by calling the office at 850-224-9193.


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