By Shelby Clark | firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted: Feb 15, 2017 06:34 PM EST Updated: Feb 15, 2017 11:50 PM EST
ELMIRA, N.Y. (18 NEWS) – With the help of the Chemung County SPCA and the Wings of Rescue program, 13 dogs who were once facing an uncertain future can now call the Twin Tiers home.
The Wings of Rescue program, an organization dedicated to transporting healthy pets from overcrowded shelters to safety at no-kill shelters throughout the United States, brought the dogs to the area by airplane on Valentine’s Day. The dogs came from Memphis, Arkansas, and Mississippi.
“There were a couple of different shelters there yesterday (Tuesday),” Community Engagement Manager at the Chemung County SPCA Arynn Brucie said. “So, a number of dogs flew in on the plane. We got 13 of them. We took two of our vehicles, packed up the car, gave them kongs, and brought them back here.”
“There are so many overcrowded shelters out there,” Executive Director at the Chemung County SPCA Tom Geroy said. “The people that run these shelters are faced with very difficult decisions. In many cases, the animals are faced with uncertain futures. Our intentions are to help with that.”
“They all have adapted well to shelter life,” Brucie said. “A few of them are a little nervous, which is to be expected. They have been through a lot. We are really excited to work with them, get them comfortable here, and make sure that their ready to go to great homes.”
Due to the success of their spay and neuter programs, the Chemung County SPCA doesn’t usually face the overcrowding issues that other shelters see.
“Animal welfare organizations have gotten so good at spaying and neutering, that sometimes we have a hard time meeting the demand for dogs,” Geroy said. “Programs like this not only help save lives, but they help to meet that demand.”
Another way to help an overcrowding issue is, if you are ready for the responsibility, coming down to your local shelter and adopting.
“They can also call the shelter or go to our website,” Brucie said. “If you just want to come in and visit our new friends, they’ll be on the adoption floor early next week.”