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Animal Advocates Push Adoption Over Euthanization

No Kill Russellville group aims to change the city animal shelter's euthanization policy.
RUSSELLVILLE, AR -- A growing grassroots movement across Central Arkansas is pushing for big changes in animal shelters.

Volunteers are trying to prove they can save thousands of animals from being euthanized.

In Russellville, a group named No Kill Russellville is trying to back up its name and mission with action.

Two weeks ago, they found a home for a 9-year-old Australian shepherd mix named Bear. He went from from living at the Russellville animal shelter to a new home with a new loving family.

"He's fun to have because he likes to give hugs," says Olivia Bryan.

"Bear is a real Cinderella story," says volunteer Kathy Soto.

He's one of nearly 30 animals put up for adoption in August by No Kill Russellville. The group of volunteers asked the city shelter to give them a chance to try to save the lives of animals doomed to die at the shelter unless they find new homes.

"I just think we need to be a voice for those who are helpless," Soto says.

Animal advocates see similar groups popping up across the state and say the challenge is proving to city leaders the community and rescue groups will make sure animals really are adopted if the city shelter changes it's status from "kill" to "no kill."

The Bryans are doing their part as volunteers and now, new adoptive parents.

"I knew with his personality and him being older probably no one would take him. He just touched my heart," says Amanda Bryan.

"To me it feels as if we are trying to give these animals a second chance, they deserve a second chance," Allie Bryan added. 

FOX 16 reached out to the shelter, but they were closed for the Labor Day holiday.

No Kill Russellville placed 21 animals in permanent homes and four in foster homes in the month of August.


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