Dog caravan seeking forever homes

ContributedAn unidentified woman greets the shelter dogs during a recent adoption event.

A group of dogs looking for forever homes is heading toward Cooperstown this weekend.

According to a media release, Saving Grace, a nonprofit animal rescue group headquartered near Raleigh, North Carolina, is teaming up with Cooperstown dog lover Dana Rice of Dog Wild Resort in Hartwick Seminary for an adoption event Friday and Saturday at the pet resort facility at 4785 Highway 28 in Cooperstown.

Saving Grace is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless animals find permanent homes.

The problem of homeless pets in North Carolina and most southern states is staggering, according to the release. North Carolina consistently ranks in the top three states for euthanizing dogs and cats each year. Unlike northern states, where spay and neuter programs have been in place for decades, and some shelters have a waiting list for potential adopters, many rural shelters in North Carolina are overburdened and have few resources. Shelters do not have resources and space to care for all the homeless pets.

This is why Rice partnered with Saving Grace.

“We are thrilled that Dana was so receptive to helping with our mission,” said Molly Goldston, executive director of Saving Grace in a media release. “We rescued and placed over 2,000 dogs into loving homes last year in the Raleigh area, but there were many great dogs we left behind. An adoption event in a northern community with so many dog lovers has the potential to help us save even more dogs.”

“While there are local dogs in need of new forever homes, the situation in the South is even more critical with many wonderful dogs being euthanized daily due to lack of space,” Rice said. “Dog Wild ... is excited to offer Saving Grace the space and support to bring together dogs in need with members of the community who are looking for that special furry friend to join their family.”

Saving Grace is known for having one of the most successful programs in the region because it benefits the dog and the adopter, the release said. Before a dog comes into the program, he or she is evaluated for temperament and suitability as a family pet. The evaluation continues on site. Dogs do not live in kennel runs; they have access to lots of fresh air and space to run and play together with other dogs. Staff continues to observe their interaction with new dogs and people on a daily basis.

Dogs are vetted when coming to the Saving Grace program. This includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, heartworm test and treatment (if necessary), worming, and flea and tick prevention and are microchipped.

Each dog is individually handled and observations about their personalities are noted. This helps the SG team to perform their matchmaking to ensure a successful adoption, the release said.

Anyone interested in finding more about the available dogs can check out Saving Grace on its website www.savinggracenc.org or on Facebook under Saving Grace NC and Saving Grace North. Potential adopters should go to savinggracenc.org to download an adoption form.

Saving Grace is also seeking volunteers for the event. Those wishing to host a dog for the weekend can contact savinggracenorth@savinggracenc.org to become a foster house.