MADISON, N.J. (CBS 2) — This town is going to the dogs.
More than 100 pooches from Louisiana arrived Friday afternoon. They are all available for adoption, but you just might have to fight CBS 2’s Magee Hickey for a few of them.
It was a dog day afternoon at Saint Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center as dozens upon dozens of dogs got off the truck. The first was a chocolate lab puppy named “Rowdy.”
“We’re going to love them all,” volunteer Nora Parker said.
In the wake of the oil spill, all of the dogs were trucked up north from overwhelmed Louisiana shelters. Spending 24 hours in a crate is ruff, so part of Friday was allotted for a sip and a scratch. How could anyone give up these beautiful bowsers?
“There’s been great financial consequences because of the oil spill, many families moving into apartments. People aren’t adopting. So increase in surrender, decrease in adoption is what we’ve been told by shelters,” said Saint Hubert’s president Heath Cammisa.
Some dogs, like a basset hound mix named “Sweet Mama,” were traumatized by the trip.
“You have to get him in a quiet area, relax in a run, water, food socialize,” volunteer Lauren Boyce said.
Others, like American Eskimo brothers named “Jack” and “Casper” were doing fine. They just didn’t want to be separated.
“I think they were housed together on the truck. Want to keep them together so, yeah, a home together,” volunteer Barbara Delaney said.
“Mike,” a 1-year-old chow mix, had such an easy-going disposition.
“He’s very calm, walks well on a leash. Could be a city dog or a country dog,” volunteer Maryanne Guenther said.
All 107 dogs were being checked out to make sure they are caught up on their shots and their health is fine.
All of the dogs will be spending a quiet weekend at Saint Hubert’s catching up on much needed rest. And then many of them will be available for viewing and possible adoption on Tuesday.
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