Puppies from Alabama find ‘Forever Homes’ in West Michigan

Posted at 5:55 PM, Aug 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-29 17:55:48-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Dozens of puppies likely to be euthanized are given a second chance by families here in West Michigan. It’s all a part of a partnership between the Humane Society of West Michigan and "Puppy Pipeline" out of Georgia.

It’s a first for the Humane Society; they actually met those behind the organization earlier this year at a conference, a group dedicated to saving puppies from overcrowded shelters.

After a long night of traveling, some 30 puppies arrived at the Humane Society Friday morning, coming from a county shelter in Alabama.

"We’ve come along way with educating people on the importance of spay and neuter. In the South there isn’t as much funding to support that message. There’s not as many laws to influence that and have those benefits of spay and neutering pets, so there are just a ton of stray animals not spayed and neutered,” said Nicole Cook of the Humane Society of West Michigan.

“For us our first priority is always animals of West Michigan but if we can save these animals with a space we have available why not?” she said.

Dozens of families lined up outside of the building before it opened looking to find the perfect fit for their family and give the dogs a forever home.

None of the puppies were brought home Friday. They all will be vaccinated and spayed and neutered before their new owners can officially take them.