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Emails Aim to Save Shelter Animals

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2008 at 6:19 pm

An animal shelter in South Carolina has decided to use email as a way to save animals who are scheduled to be euthanized. Mass emails are sent out with imformation about an animal and the date and time of their scheduled euthanasia. An example of an animal saved by the emails is a Beagle named Rosie who hadn’t been adopted because of multiple health problems. Cecelia Hardee received the email as a forward from her groomer. The email informed her about Rosie’s next day euthanasia. She was able to reach a shelter worker in time and was able to adopt Rosie. The 5-year Beagle was very sick, suffering from heartworm, intestinal parasites, and neurological damage from distemper, in addition to having been abused; the dog has several scars from when she was shot by a BB gun. None of this mattered to the big-hearted Hardee who opened her home to Rosie. The dog was also pregnant and gave birth to 3 puppies. Hardee kept one, named Ellie, for companionship for her and Rosie. The Greenville County Animal Shelter hopes for more success stories like Rosie’s. They started the email notices in October, after Greenville County bought a facility owned by the Humane Society. In the first month, 35 animals were rescued, and now that number is upwards of 400! There are still many animals there and all over the country who will never have their chance to be adopted. Perhaps more shelters will follow Greenville’s example and animals will get their chance.

-Amanda Giffi

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