Life-Saver Rescue Program
Seattle Humane Society’s Life-Saver Rescue Program provides life-saving rescue and adoption services to pets at risk of being euthanized elsewhere because of a lack of space or resources to care for them. We make it a priority to offer our services first to animals in our community, and then we reach out to shelters across the state and even out of state to save animal’s lives.
In 2011, Seattle Humane Society teamed up with 30 animal rescue organizations to transport 787 and dogs and 766 cats who had run out of time at shelters in Washington state and 330 dogs from Los Angeles-area shelters. All the dogs are vaccinated before they are transported to our shelter. Once on campus, every dog receives a thorough medical screening, confirmation of microchipping, and spay or neuter surgeries.
Thanks to an amazing team effort, Seattle Humane’s Life-Saver Rescue Program is off to an incredible start in 2012. In February, we rescued 42 dogs from Los Angeles-area shelters to help them find loving homes of their own. This group of dogs was transported via SPCA-LA’s “Air Chihuahua” program, sponsored in part by The Jason Dubus Heigl Foundation.
The dogs rescued by our organization came from a shelter that takes in more than 60,000 animals annually. Some credit the overpopulation issues in California to the “purse dog” trend illustrated in movies like Beverly Hills Chihuahua and by celebrities like Paris Hilton. Other likely culprits of the overpopulation small breed dogs include backyard breeding and the failure of some dog owners to spay and neuter their pets. As a result, thousands of dogs in Southern California are euthanized monthly due to space constraints in animal shelters. In order to reduce these statistics, Seattle Humane’s Life-Saver Rescue Program will continue to offer transfer support.
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