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Louisiana dogs find new homes in New Jersey

GreaterGood.org is working with the Petfinder.com Foundation to provide additional funding for Gulf animal shelters and rescue groups as well as groups willing to take in pets from the hard-hit region. Since the oil spill hit the Gulf of Mexico, animal shelters have reported increasing numbers of families no longer able to care for pets as well as a drop in donations and adoptions.

The first recipients of this new grant were New Jersey shelters offering space to dogs from Louisiana. St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center coordinated the move of approximately 100 dogs in August from overwhelmed Louisiana shelters to rescue groups located in New Jersey. Participating New Jersey shelters will receive a grant of $100 per dog from The Petfinder.com Foundation, made possible in part by their partnership with GreaterGood.org and The Animal Rescue Site's Gifts That Give More™ program. To learn more about this Gift That Give More™ grant, please click here.

“New Jersey is a coastal state so we can comprehend how devastating an oil spill could be on a local economy,” said Heather Cammisa, president of St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, in a statement to the press. “Our hearts go out to the families who were forced to surrender their pets and together with our placement partners, we will take great care of these dogs and find them the new homes they deserve.”

The dogs came from nine overwhelmed Louisiana shelters and rescue groups. Transportation of the dogs to New Jersey was coordinated by HSUS and LA/SPCA. Ana Zorrilla, CEO of the LA/SPCA, added: “As August continues we do not expect a decrease in the number of dogs we see coming into the shelter, so having the ability to move these dogs gives us a chance to find homes for the next 100.” 

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