Dozens of dogs will get new homes across the country
HIALEAH, Fla. (WSVN) -- South Florida canines are ready to make a cross country trek.
Miami dogs are on the move. Miami-Dade Animal Services is on a special mission with a little help from Comfort Kennels.
It's Operation Dog Flight. 24 dogs are on their way to getting new homes across the country. "Today is super exciting," said Transfer Coordinator Melissa Sorokin, "cause we have another fabulous group of dogs on their way to brand new lives."
The pups are on their way to new no-kill shelters and rescue groups up north.
New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York are some of the states accepting the barking beauties.
Overcrowding in local South Florida shelters is one big reason why this organized effort is underway. "We have a huge over population problem of animals in Miami-Dade," said Sorokin, "and they come into the shelters and we get over 20,000 pets per year."
They post their plight on Facebook, raising money along the way.
By van, and then by plane, the pups will only remain at the out-of-state shelters for a short time before they find their new homes. "We transport the animals to no kill partners of ours shelters and rescues that do a fabulous job in finding them new families and new homes," said Sorokin. "They really love our dogs."
Getting the dogs from point A to point B isn't easy, but when these wagging tales drive off with their new families it makes all the hard work well worth it. "It's a lot of work but also extremely rewarding," said Sorokin. "I mean when you see the adoption pictures and the family with our pets, it's really incredible seeing them get great homes."
A similar program back in February, Pilots n' Paws sent five dogs to Tampa.
Through the years, more than 2,000 animals have found forever homes through this program.
(Copyright 2013 by Sunbeam Television Corp. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)