PIERCE COUNTY, Ga (WSAV) – More than twelve vans are making a trip up north to states like New Jersey from Pierce County, Georgia this weekend.
Their cargo is more than four hundred abandoned or stray dogs. This is a part of a monthly effort by Animal Aid USA and the Allmon family to rescue local strays and dogs in shelters at risk of being euthanized.
Rick Allmon and his wife Nancy have what you can say is a ranch for rescued dogs just south of Blackshear, Georgia. This weekend it’s the hub for Animal Aid USA’s major pup rescue alongside other national pet rescue associations.
“We don’t adopt out many out here because this is where they problem is at and there is a need in the New England states,” says Rick Allmon.
This is not the first time Animal Aid USA has come down to take hundreds of dogs back up north. It’s an unfortunate cycle for members like Georgina Bloomberg.
“As much as we do it it’s a bit of a double edged sword you come down here and you think you’re making a big difference and then you come down next month and there’s just as many dogs,” says Bloomberg who is acting Vice President of Animal Aid USA.
The rescue group alongside the Allmon’s and several other shelters plan to ship by van more than 400 dogs.
“We started with fifty dogs a month, hundreds dogs a month and now we’re at two hundred dogs a month,” says the foundations co-founder Lorenzo Borghese.
This year local shelter members join the team on the trip and will see the end result.
“They have a one eighty degree change. Sometimes we don’t even recognize them a lot of them go up very skinny have no fur, we get pictures a month later and they have a bed, toys and they’ve got a family and you wouldn’t recognize and we love seeing stories like that,” Borghese adds.
For the hundreds that find a home, Rick and Nancy say there will be another hundred in a matter of days back on their doorstep in need of somewhere to go.
“The bottom line is spay and neuter and people say it’s an animal problem but it’s really a people problem,” says Nancy Allmon.
The end goal for Animal Aid USA and the Allmon family is to stop having to rescue so many animals around Coastal Georgia and eventually take their efforts to other communities across the country.