Friday, December 30, 2011

New Years Eve Rescue Saves 60 Pets' Lives!

By Siri Espy, Animal Friends' Communications Team

Many of us have cried happy tears at the endings of Disney movies. Today, those fairy-tale stories came. true for 60 animals that were part of Animal Friends’ New Year’s Eve rescue. Each year, animals slated for euthanasia in animal control facilities and overburdened shelters are brought to Animal Friends to experience happy new beginnings.

Part of the Rescue’s tradition is the selection of a theme for the animals’ new names; fittingly, this year’s rescues were named after Disney characters. The first group was welcomed shortly after 9:30 a.m., with a happy Chocolate Lab leading the way; he was of course named Mickey, followed by a sweet but unkempt poodle who became Donald. The first young lady to arrive, a tan and white Pit Bull mix, was instantly dubbed Minnie.

In an atmosphere of well-controlled chaos, 20 cats and 40 dogs were greeted by staff and volunteers and taken to waiting cages, crates and kennels, where the medical staff began a thorough evaluation of each animal. The next few days will be busy, with behavioral evaluations, spay and neuter surgeries, and any needed medical attention administered before the newcomers reach the adoption floor.

Tonight, 60 animals that would have been euthanized will be sleeping in a warm bed, well-fed and already given a healthy dose of love. We’ll be posting more about our new residents and the first group will be ready for adoption on January 2. By adopting or donating, you can help us continue to provide fairy tale endings in a place where wishes can come true.

Click here to see photos of today’s rescue.

Most importantly, CLICK HERE to donate! And support second chances in 2012!

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