BBS Rescue Spotlight: PAWS New England
When you live in an area with high rates of pet overpopulation, pet euthanasia, and little to no funding for Animal Control organizations or rescues, what do you do? Most likely, you live in the Southern United States. Unfortunately, many Southern states simply do not have the resources to help abandoned, abused and neglected dogs. This fact, although sad, has been highly motivating for three women: Traci Wood, Kelly Parker and Joanne Hutchinson. After being heartbroken for these dogs, these three women, meeting through adoption forums, founded PAWS New England. The goal of this great organization is to work with Southern Animal Rescues to rehabilitate, foster locally and then adopt dogs out to families in the Northeast. To read more about this amazing rescue, read our conversation with Joanne Hutchinson below!
When & Why did you start?
Approx 7 years ago, Kelly and I met through a third party who was doing small rescues (one dog at a time) taking a dog from the Tipton County Shelter in TN, having the vetting done and then sending the dog to New England. We wanted a more formal and organization group and Paws New England was born. Once we obtained our 501c3 status, we were off to the races. Since that time we have rescued and placed approximately 5,000 dogs both from the Tipton County Animal Shelter and from Julie Adams who is a one woman rescue in Oran Missouri - there is no ACO in her area and thus people have decided that when they want to give up their dog rather than shoot them, they bring them to her house and leave them, whether she's there or not; it's nothing for her to come home and find dogs tied to her mail post or in boxes in her driveway. Read more