UPDATE: Since the publication of this story the IOW rescue says several dogs have been adopted and applications have been submitted for the adoption of the other dogs.
CARRSVILLE, Va. (WAVY) – A shelter in Isle of Wight County is trying to find homes for nine dogs by Thanksgiving, because the organization plans to move out of its facility in Carrsville. Operation Save a Shelter Dog runs off of donations and volunteers.
Leigh Ann Erdman said their hearts were in the right place when they started the organization in April, but they’ve become overwhelmed and can’t keep the animals in the kennel. They started in April, getting dogs from other facilities and adopting them to save their lives, Erdman said.
“Because there’s only a couple of us and we are so rural, we can’t handle the kennel with us having full-time jobs…It’s just too much and being rural, it’s very very difficult to get volunteers out here to help,” she said.
The organization plans to switch from adopting through a kennel to fostering dogs instead.
“We’ll keep them safe, no matter what it takes…Kennel life is not a life for a dog. They’re so happy to get out of the kennels, they’re like wild banshees for the first five minutes they get out,” Erdman said.
If they can’t find adoptive, foster, or other rescue homes for the dogs, they will have to pay to board all of them, Erdman said. All nine dogs have had their shots, are spayed or neutered, and micro-chipped, she said.
If you want to learn more about Operation Save a Shelter Dog, visit their Facebook page, click here for more.