Wednesday May 29, 2013 12:12 PM ByBrittany Wait
"Photo credit: Handout | Susie, a 1-year-old chihuahua mix, was one of 15 dogs rescued by Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center in Huntington from Alabama, and still needs a home.
Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, a nonprofit and no-kill animal shelter in Huntington, partnered with an animal rescue in Alabama to rescue 15 dogs last Friday through its Passage to Freedom program, saving the animals from a potentially tragic fate.
Executive director David Ceely said the program, implemented by Little Shelter seven years ago, supports those who rescue dogs in the southern part of the United States, avoiding municipal shelters that use gas chambers or heartstick euthanasia to deal with an excess of dogs and cats. The animals are then transported to Long Island for adoption.
Little Shelter, nestled on 6-acres of woodlands in Huntington since 1927, covers the cost of transporting the animals to Long Island for adoption.
“In the Northeast, we have a good handle on spaying and neutering, but down South they’re not as advanced and still use gas chambers,” Ceely said. “As soon as they run out of room in their shelters in the South even a 6-week-old puppy will get put to sleep.”
The dogs arrived from the no-kill Animal Rescue Shelter of Lawrence County in Alabama on Friday. Its founder, Bobby Holland Taylor, said she has been saving abandoned animals since age 7, after seeing people throw sacks of puppies and kittens in a creek near her house. The 15 dogs, which she’s had for months, were abandoned by their owners.
“They were going to die if I didn’t rescue them,” said Holland Taylor, 79, noting the backlog at the local municipal shelter.
Little Shelter’s ability to transport animals creates more room at Holland Taylor’s shelter, allowing her to take in more animals that may otherwise end up at a municipal shelter.
“I have to keep moving the dogs out to get adopted because I probably take in 30 dogs and cats a month and not all of them get adopted,” Holland Taylor said. “They need homes.”
Sandy, a female 1-year-old Australian shepherd mix, and Gretchen, an Australian shepherd mix, were the first to be adopted on Monday.
The dogs that still need homes as of Wednesday morning include Randy, an 11-month-old Australian shepherd mix; Rachel, a 3-month-old shepherd mix; Susie, a 1-year-old Chihuahua mix; Bonnie, an 11-month-old border collie mix; Barney, a 3-month-old basset hound mix, five 3-month old husky puppies; Cooper, a 3-month old Pyrenees mix; Bernie, a 3-month-old basset hound mix; and Rufus, a 3-month-old hound mix.
For more information on the adoptees, contact the center at 631-368-8770 or visit littleshelter.com."