Last week was very busy here at Little Traverse Bay Humane Society. Don’t get us wrong, it’s always busy here, but when road trips and transports are involved, it keeps us hopping even more than usual!
A week and a half ago, we were contacted by one of our partners, the Bissell Pet Foundation. They informed us of a shelter located in Tennessee that was in dire need of some help. They had many dogs who were all looking for homes and they ask if we could step in. The Bissell Pet Foundation graciously offered to pay for any and all expenses if we would be willing to make the trip down south to bring some of the dogs back here. This small, out of the way shelter rarely saw any traffic and because of this, their adoption numbers were incredibly low. We knew that we could find great homes for these animals, so we didn’t hesitate to load up the LTBHS van with crates and blanket and head south.
Nearly 800 miles later, we found ourselves in rural Tennessee at the Greenbrier Animal Control Shelter. Dogs were barking excitedly in every kennel, almost as if they knew an adventure was in their near future. As we were shown around by Animal Control Officer Randy (the one and only employee of the Greenbrier Animal Control Shelter), we were struck by the sheer number of animals who must come through this shelter every year with little hope of finding forever homes. This fate would change however, for the many dogs who were coming back to northern Michigan with us!
We loaded up eight adorable dogs into our van—all colors and sizes, and were set to head north when Randy informed us that there was an additional dog—a puppy—who could use a transport, as well. Following Randy’s lead, he drove us to the home where the puppy was located and we couldn’t help but fall in love instantly with this little guy’s sweet face. We loaded the puppy up in the van (who we rightfully named Randy), said goodbye and thank you to Animal Control Randy, and jumped on the freeway to freedom with these nine lucky pups.
It was a late arrival back at the shelter, and after unloading everyone, we set up each dog in their own kennel with a warm, cozy bed and fresh food and water. As we finished up, we couldn’t help but be proud to know that each and every one of these dogs now had a second chance at life and a bright future.
It’s animals like these that make what we do here every day at LTBHS extremely rewarding. These dogs will all soon be available for adoption and we are thrilled to know they’ll each finally find the forever homes they deserve. We’d like to thank Randy from the Greenbrier Animal Control Shelter for working with us and helping the process go smoothly. We’d also like to thank the Bissell Pet Foundation for informing us of this situation and generously paying for each and every dog’s care. It’s partnerships like these that really make an impact and help to save lives, which is the ultimate goal for all of us!