Gracie is from Louisiana and is looking for a forever home in Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
Some furry four-legged friends who traveled from New Orleans are looking for a forever home in the Richmond area. Nearly 20 small dogs were driven the 16 hours from Louisiana and arrived at the Richmond SPCA early Wednesday morning.
The local adoption shelter teamed up with the Louisiana SPCA to create a unique partnership.
“It's really very sad that they have so many more homeless animals there than they can find homes for and they end up with a pretty high euthanasia rate as a result. So, they are hard-working folks who want to save the animals in their community,” said Robin Starr, CEO of Richmond SPCA.
Starr said it’s all about saving as many animal lives as possible.
“We have a lot space in our building that is designed for small dogs and we don't get a lot of small dogs from this community," she said. "So instead of having those spaces go unused we thought we could work on a transport relationship."
Most of the dogs brought to the Richmond SPCA are small breed dogs and include, Yorkies, Poodles and Labrador mixes. They will not immediately be available for adoption. Veterinarians must assess their health and behavior and provide any treatment if necessary. The first dogs are expected to be available for adoption in about a week.