Foster Mom Lori Privitt rescued Toby, a 10-week-old yellow lab, just in time from Benton Animal Control. But he's one of the lucky ones. Once the shelter fills up again, a terrier mix named Midnight is the next to go. Also on the list, shepherd mix and this a mother along with her two ten-week-old puppies.
"It makes me very very sad that this situation exists," said Privitt.
But it doesn't have to. After following our stories on Humvee, an injured dog at Benton Animal Control in need of care and adoption, a non-profit group in Boston formed to take shelter dogs like Toby off of the kill list and up to Massachusetts where families are waiting to adopt.
"These dogs are getting adopted usually before they even arrive," said Sharon Hammond with Rescue Road, a non-profit designed to transport Arkansas animals to their New England homes.
But first, these dogs need foster homes in Arkansas for ten days while they get their health certificates and there aren't enough foster parents like Privitt around.
"We could really turn a lot of these high-kill shelters into no kill or low kill if we just had temporary foster homes in the arkansas area," said Hammond.
Thanks to Humvee, 65 dogs have been saved from being put down in Arkansas alone. Thanks to Lori Privitt, Toby is off to Boston to sniff out his new home, Thursday morning. But there will always be another dog just like Toby next on the list.
To become a foster family, click on the links below and "like" the nonprofit groups helping dogs survive on Facebook for more information. You can also e-mail email@example.com for a phone number to call.