GREENEVILLE, Tenn. -- Local stray dogs are finding homes in the New England area of the U.S., thanks to efforts of a local group that says there just aren't enough homes here.
Dead Dogs Walking TN is a group of rescue volunteers dedicated to reducing the cat and dog overpopulation of Greene County by advocating legislation to create mandatory spay/neuter laws.
The group finds homes for dogs that have been pulled from animal shelters, found as strays or relinquished by owners due to life changes.
“There are no spay/neuter laws in Greene County,” said a group spokesperson, so there are many unwanted litters and many animal are euthanized because “there aren’t enough good homes locally.”
What do you do? Well, DDWTN posts images and stories adoptable dogs from Greene County on adoption websites in the New England area, where the availability of homes is much greater, the spokesperson said.
Several transport services assist the rescue group in moving the dogs northward, when they are adopted.
The Story of Pheonix
Starving and with six puppies, Phoenix was discovered by a Good Samaritan in an abandoned barn in Greene County last December.
“When Phoenix first came to us, she was very protective of her litter, so the foster mom had to slide her food through the kennel door,” the DDWTN spokesperson said.
“Over time, Pheonix began to relax and show interest in her foster mom’s nine-year-old son, who won her trust and took on the responsibility for feeding her.
“Phoenix, a five-year-old white and black German Shepherd, blossomed into a beautiful, happy girl.
Recently, she was adopted into a home with two children in Connecticut.
For more information about Dead Dogs Walking TN and to see thier adoptable dogs, click DDWTN.