Chilton County puppies being rescued – The Clanton Advertiser
By ZACHARY SEIFTER / Staff Writer
If you ask certain people they will tell you there is a serious dog problem in Chilton County.
Not that the dogs are dangerous in the county, but the problem is that there are too many of them.
Too many dogs don’t seem to be a problem for many people. Most people love puppies, and the idea of having lots of them seems like a dream. In Chilton County, however, the lack of a castration and neutering law has resulted in an excess of dogs, with not enough homes to get around.
This is an issue that has hit the Chilton County’s Humane Society hard. They have too many dogs and not enough people come to adopt them. So they have a solution where they have their dogs sent to other states to be neutered and neutered and then put up for adoption.
They’ve partnered with organizations like the Alabama Rescue Relay (ARR) to get these dogs to states like Florida, Illinois, and even Minnesota, where spay and neuter laws exist. These states don’t have enough dogs to give, so they bring the dogs from Alabama.
“If we don’t transport them outside and there aren’t enough adopters on site, fate is death,” said ARR President Rebecca Harshman.
Organizations like ARR collect the animals from animal shelters like the Humane Society of Chilton County and then load them into vans or airplanes for shipping to other states. It’s very costly and for a nonprofit like ARR that can be a problem at times.
“Transportation costs are high, especially when gasoline rises,” said Harshman. “We don’t even earn a penny … That’s how we can help.”
It is a long way for the animals, but better than the fate they leave behind in a home with too many dogs.
“A 20-hour drive is better than death,” said Harshman.
To donate for this purpose, one can either go to the Humane Society of Chilton County on their website https://www.chiltoncountyhumanesociety.org or to Paypal of the Alabama Rescue Relay at https://www.paypal.com donate / paypalme / animalrescuerelay.