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05/07/06

Jasper Animal Rescue Finds Homes for Dozens of Dogs

3 year old Brownie and dozens of other dogs now have homes 3 year old Brownie and dozens of other dogs now have homes

A Jasper County animal shelter desperately needed the community's help this weekend. The Jasper Animal Rescue Mission is a non-profit organization and they needed volunteers to adopt pets. They had 170 dogs but only enough room for 70 of them.

This weekend was the last chance for animals like Brownie, the chocolate lab mix, who is just one of the many dogs who had been in and out of the Jasper County Animal Shelter. 3 year-old Brownie was having a hard time finding a new home.

Mary Elise Gabbard director for the non-profit group said, "when that happens it breaks our hearts."

Mary Elise said the Jasper Animal Rescue Mission is a subsidized by Jasper County and that the shelter had three times as many animals then they could handle.

If the animals hadn't found a home within the weekend, the Jasper Animal Rescue Mission would've had to euthanize.

Mary Elise said, "We don't have kennels to accommodate them we have a lot of dogs running loose in fenced in area."

That's why adoption fair's like the one at Bluffton's Petsmart is so crucial. It could be dog's like Brownie's only hope.

Mary Elise director for shelter said,"We have gotten ourselves a position where we should have been doing more euthanizing."

Chelsea Wheeler was one of the many who wanted to help and is fostering a mixed breed dog named Fred until he can find a permanent home.

Chelsea Wheeler said, "They have no choice which one's get picked and which ones don't I picked one I helped one."

Mindy Rice also agreed to foster an animal

Mindy said, "Even if it's for a little while you'll be surprised at how loving and forgiving they can be."

Especially when they find a place to call home.

Mary said "We are in the process of trying to get down to a manageable position."

Reported by: Brooke Kelley, bkelley@wtoc.com

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