Shelter rescues dogs from Oklahoma

DeKALB – TAILS Humane Society of DeKalb was awarded two grants totaling $79,000 from the Petco Foundation to transport dogs and puppies from overcrowded shelters in rural Oklahoma to the TAILS shelter.

Northern Illinois does not have a significant dog overpopulation problem, according to Beth Drake, TAILS executive director. However, it is a serious issue in Oklahoma, where most pets are not spayed or neutered. The few animal shelters that exist in that state are bursting at the seams with adoptable pets.

“We know we can get them adopted up here,” Drake said. “We realized a long time ago that dogs and puppies should not have to be euthanized in Oklahoma when we can, instead, transport them here, make sure they’re healthy, spay or neuter them, and find them loving homes.”

TAILS has been taking dogs and puppies from overcrowded shelters in the South since 2003, and from Oklahoma since 2009. 

Thanks to a grant from Petco Foundation, TAILS was able to purchase a transport van to replace the van it had been using, which had more than 550,000 miles on it. A separate grant from the foundation funded the recent transport of more than 300 dogs from Oklahoma. The dogs arrived at the TAILS shelter in mid-October and were cared for in foster homes until they were adopted. Only 12 dogs from that transport still need homes.  The Petco Foundation grant covered the cost of food and medical care for these animals.

“Because the cost of care for the animals we rescue doesn’t even come close to being offset by the adoption fees we charge, partnering with Petco Foundation on this rescue allowed us to save far more lives than we would otherwise have been able to save,” Drake said.

The shelter is expecting another group of about 70 puppies to arrive from Oklahoma this week. Foster homes are needed. Food, medication and crates are provided; foster families are asked only to provide a temporary home for the dogs.

TAILS Humane Society is located at 2250 Barber Greene Road in DeKalb. TAILS provides care for 2,500 pets and 400 wild animals each year. In addition, TAILS has a low-cost spay/neuter clinic and offers dog obedience classes to the public. More information is available at www.tailshumanesociety.org.

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