Every Wednesday since June 2016, 25 to 30 dogs and puppies are loaded onto the Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter’s (PAAS) Ride to Rescue vehicle and transported to the Dumb Friends League Buddy Center in Castle Rock, Colorado.
In Colorado, there are times supply does not meet demand for adoptable dogs, while shelters in Oklahoma often have limited resources and more dogs than adopters. The partnership between the Dumb Friends League and PAAS, located in Vinita, Oklahoma, helps dogs that may otherwise spend years waiting for forever homes and fills the need to provide adoptable dogs for Coloradans looking for a new pet.
This Wednesday, November 6, the partnership will reach a milestone when the 5,000th dog, Homer, will arrive at the Buddy Center from PAAS.
Homer, an affectionate young dog, was found as a stray in Stephens County, Okla. He was never claimed by an owner and due to his large size, was being passed over by potential adopters in Oklahoma. Upon arriving in Colorado, Homer, like the 4,999 dogs before him will get a second chance at a new life, with a loving family.
All dogs are transferred with rabies and health certificates. Upon arrival, the transfer team examines and evaluates each animal. They are then spayed or neutered, if necessary, and brought up to date on vaccinations. Most dogs are available for adoption within days of arriving at the Buddy Center and typically wait less than six days to find new families.
In addition to placing these adoptable dogs, the Dumb Friends League invests a portion of each adoption fee for dogs transferred from PAAS to help fund spay/neuter and educational programs in the communities from where the dogs are transferred.