Boots is a happy and handsome dog! His white and brindle marketing help him stand out. He is blending with the dogs and cats at his foster home. Still has some puppy personality and wants to play with the other dogs. He has shown interest in tug toys and has had a soft mouth with us. Boots walks on a leash, sits and is learning to come to his name.
Lucie is a female 60 lb hound mix born July 2009. Chevy is a playful neutered male, 25 lbs terrier mix born October 2009. Both enjoy spending time outdoors, in the house and they love to cuddle with one another. Both listen very well, understand commands and are crate and house broken. They are good around strangers and children and are open to other dogs. As bonded siblings, they will take up for one another if any animal tries to be aggressive towards one or the other. They love treats and eat very well. Chevy loves to be bathed, but hates his nails to be cut. Lucie does not like baths and prefers to roll around outside. Lucie needs to loose a few pounds and Chevy needs to gain a few! They are looking for their loving forever home and would be fantastic inside pets who have plenty of room to run around outside.
Project Freedom Ride will transport 40 dogs formerly in the Augusta animal shelter to the northeast, according to the Augusta Chronicle.
Volunteers and staff at Animal Services were busy Monday sorting through volumes of paperwork and gathering records needed to transport the dogs all at once. It takes a lot of time “and coordination,” said Crystal Eskola, the interim director of Animal Services. Project Freedom founder Jenn McConn has spent “probably a month to get the whole thing coordinated,” she said.
In their pens in the back, Thelma and Louise, each with five puppies, awaited their big day with wagging tails. Thelma had puppies about four weeks ago and was trying to nurse all 10 herself. Louise came into the shelter with no puppies but still full of milk from a recent litter, so the staff split the puppies between them. Louise took to her puppies immediately, Eskola said.
Saving dogs like them from kill shelters is the mission of Project Freedom Ride, McConn said. It started when the family lived in Texas and they adopted their first dog from a kill shelter there, which “kind of opened our eyes to what it was like there,” she said. They started making videos to try to get the animals adopted out, and her son, Roman, became a star.
The group spends on average $15,000 a month transporting animals out of kill shelters, so donations are always appreciated. In just over two years, they have rescued more than 1,500 dogs.
Eskola said Animal Services is grateful for the help as well.
“It’s tremendous to get that many out,” she said. “It’s wonderful, absolutely wonderful.”
Some Savannah residents are protesting horse-drawn carriage businesses, according to the Savannah Morning News.
The protest, which was held in Ellis Square, was organized to raise awareness about the plight of horses and call for the end of horse-drawn carriage rides, according to Ruth Arnone, event organizer with Savannah Veggies & Vegans, Anonymous for the Voiceless and Savannah Animal Advocacy.
“We want to let officials know that Savannah has had enough, and we want it to end,” she said. “There are other groups that are interested in improving the welfare of the horses, but I believe that a ban is the only thing that is really going to help them. … I think that breeding animals into existence for us to use as we see fit is extreme.”
The protest comes about two weeks after a horse-drawn carriage incident injured seven people and a horse in the city’s historic district and shut down Warren Square for hours.
“Horses are high-strung and so don’t belong on busy streets, where construction noise and sirens can easily panic them,” People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Senior Vice President Dan Matthews said after the incident “This wasn’t the first time that a horse-drawn carriage accident in Savannah has sent people to the hospital, and it won’t be the last unless the city joins others that have ended the practice of forcing horses to toil for tourism.”