Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF) announced Friday that it is currently in transit to South Carolina to rescue 46 dogs that were on the verge of euthanasia. The dog and cat rescue and adoption organization’s largest transport to date, ARF sent two vans down south to save the dogs and bring them up north to find permanent homes.
Just days before, ARF received word from a concerned volunteer in South Carolina that an area shelter was closing its doors for good, and that all the animals at the shelter would be euthanized immediately. ARF was currently scheduled to rescue 23 dogs from the area, but once Senior Director of Operations & Partnership Programs, Michele Forrester, got wind of the dire situation, she immediately arranged to take another 23 dogs and prepped a second vehicle to make the trip.
“We can’t let this happen,” Forrester said.
The first 23 dogs from the scheduled rescue are currently living with foster families, while the other 23 will be pulled directly from the closing shelter.
Once the dogs arrive at the ARF Adoption Center in Wainscott, all will be examined by ARF’s full time Veterinarian Dr. Sarah Alward. Within a few days of their arrival, the dogs will be spayed/neutered, microchipped and brought up to date on their vaccines. Once medically cleared, they will be available for adoption.
To date this year ARF has rescued more than 250 animals from South Carolina and has eight more rescues planned for 2015.
Find out more, volunteer or donate by calling ARF at 631-537-0400 or visit arfhamptons.org.