Photos: Small dogs looking for homes
Ithaca (WSYR-TV) - About 70 percent of animals in a typical shelter have to be euthanized because they can’t find homes.
This week, the Tompkins County SPCA stepped up to save around 20 dogs from being put down in a shelter in Los Angeles.
“The first call we get is asking if we have any small dogs, so the great thing about this relationship is that it not only helps a community that has a small dog problem, but also helps a community that has a want for small dogs, so it's a win, win for everyone involved,” said Tompkins County SPCA Director Jim Bouderau.
Dogs at the Tompkins County shelter tend to be adopted quickly. The average stay is up to 26 days.
The Tompkins County SPCA says it was the first open-admission, no-kill shelter in the nation. Pets remain in the shelter until they find the right home.
“It’s a commitment to the animals. These are obviously animals that are homeless and looking for a second chance, we feel it's important, as others do around the nation, to make sure they get that chance that they deserve,” said Bouderau.
The SPCA has rescued dogs from California before, the first time they also took 20 small dogs and 17 of them were adopted within the first three days. Six of the 20 small dogs have found already homes.
The adoption fee is $250 for each dog, in addition to the cost of a town dog license.
The shelter also has 180 cats available for adoption. The adoption fee has been waived if you'd like to adopt an adult cat.
For more information on the dogs, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (607) 257-1822.