On Saturday, December 13, 2008 Angel Dog Rescue issued a plea to animal shelters in the Southeast to assist in an emergency situation. The Georgia shelter had flooded due to bad weather, and was also facing economic hardship and overcrowding.
Their plea yielded a response from Suncoast Animal League, and after much consideration, Executive Director and co-founder, Rick Chaboudy and co-founder and board member Annette Dettloff decided to assist. Along with League volunteer Sheena Pender, they packed supplies and headed out of town on Tuesday, December 16th.
Wednesday morning, Rick and Annette rode around Georgetown with Angel Dog Rescue Director Susan Hayley in order to evaluate the situation. Seeing how devestated the area was, they decided to return to Florida with 32 dogs and puppies. Volunteers Susan Philbeck and Judy Clark met the caravan half way to assist with the animal handling.
Suncoast fosters and volunteers were standing by to welcome them back Wednesday evening. All the dogs and puppies received baths and had any necessary medical needs addressed. Foster parents then finished the final leg of the journey by taking the dogs and puppies home to rest.
While some of the dogs and puppies are ready for adoption at the League, many of the puppies are still too young and are waiting out their time in foster homes. If you are interested in adopting one of the dogs, please contact the Suncoast Animal League office at 727-786-1330. As litters of puppies come up available for adoption, we will notify the community via email. If you would like to know when puppies are available, please sign up for our mailing list by clicking here.
Thank you for your support,
Suncoast Animal League
Press and Media Coverage
Dog Lovers Line Up Early To Adopt Rescued Puppies
The Suncoast News, December 27, 2008
Rescued pups adoptions start Saturday
10 Connects, December 25, 2008
A Letter of Thanks
A message from Susan Hayley, Executive Director of Angel Dog Rescue…
Angel Dog Rescue in Georgetown, Georgia has several fosters with severe medical problems and are trying to care for too many dogs. With a flooded kennel area, an average $5,000 running monthly deficit at the vet, and dogs and puppies with no place to go because we’re so much over capacity and in debt. It’s the hardest thing in the world to have to tell someone we can’t take dogs and puppies in need.
Thank you Suncoast Animal League, for coming to the rescue. Rick, Denise, Erica, Annette, Sheena, Judy, Susan and all the other staff, fosters and volunteers who are part of this rescue, we love you.
Susan Hayley, Director
Angel Dog Rescue, Inc.