Nearly 50 Dachshunds Escape Euthanization, Now Seek Homes in Florida

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Perhaps it’s just a coincidence that a bunch of dachshunds are suddenly looking for homes in our nation’s most aptly shaped state, but any extra attention they can attract lends hope to the possibility of adopting them out.

Florida’s Alaqua Animal Refuge and the Save Underdogs team have been working diligently to find new homes for the dogs ever since they were rescued from their previous owner, now sick, disabled, and unable to care for the pups in his home.

Rescue workers from Panama City were racing against the clock as soon as they heard about the dogs. After being taken from their home in Arkansas, they were transferred to a local shelter that was likely to begin euthanizing the dogs after 48 hours.

“They were going to be taken to a local shelter that wasn’t a no-kill shelter so, within a day, the reason it was so urgent for us to get them within this 24-48 hour time period was because they were going to be euthanized,” Alaqua Animal Refuge Communications Director Mary Chris Murry told NBC 2.

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Alaqua staff originally expected 30 dogs, founder Laurie Hood told the Palm Beach Post, but they were pleasantly surprised when they learned the truth.

“When it was 50, it was perfect timing that Alaqua had space,” Hood said.

26 of the 47 Dachshunds were taken to the Alaqua shelter, while Save Underdogs took in 21, all between the ages of a few months to five years old.

“We are a no-kill facility, so whatever we take in, it’s here until either it goes home to a loving family or it has a natural cause of death. We’ve got animals that have been here for years and they will stay here forever if we can’t find them a home,” said Alaqua Animal Refuge Technician Alissa Parsons.

The Animal Rescue Site wishes the best to these dachshunds and the many more still looking for their forever homes. It’s important to note that there is never a reason to kill a heathy pet when it can be re-homed to a loving family just as easily. Help us end convenience euthanasia by signing the petition below.

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