Local non-profit gives dogs second chance, new home
HIALEAH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Nearly two dozen dogs are on their way out of South Florida. It's a life-saving venture taking dogs to no-kill shelters until they can find permanent new homes.
These doggies are hightailing it out of Hialeah and heading to Central Florida, and it's all thanks to Dogs On the Move, a South Florida non-profit organization dedicated to transporting animals from high-kill shelters to no-kill shelters for re-homing.
Dogs On the Move volunteer driver Robert Plafke said the dogs are getting a second chance at life.
Reporter: "What would likely happen to these dogs if you weren't in the picture?"
Plafke: "More than likely, they would be euthanized."
With the help of the non-profit Miami Dogs On the Move, a group of about two dozen dogs will be delivered to the North Brevard County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) before they are found new homes.
And that's welcome news to Dogs On the Move volunteer Melissa Sorokin, who says these trips from places like Comfort Kennels in Hialeah happen several times month and not just to anywhere. "We have a big overpopulation problem in Miami-Dade County, and I think a lot of people are aware of it," said Sorokin.
Miami-Dade Animal Services employee Teresa Donnelly said, "In our transport program, all our dogs go to no-kill shelters."
Twenty-two dogs are headed to Titusville Wednesday, but tomorrow a group of bigger dogs are going on a bigger trip. They're headed to places like Connecticut, New Hampshire and other sections of the Northeast.
County employees tell us a lot of these orphan animals are here because of tough financial times for their former owners.
Miami-Dade Animal Services employee Jessica Garcell said, "They lose their homes. They have no other choice but to surrender their pets."
But many of these pooches will be put in new homes again, and that's music to the ears of volunteer driver Robert Plafke, even through the barking.
Reporter: "You have ear plugs?"
Plafke: "Don't need 'em. Love that noise."
The county notes one way you can help with the over-population in the county besides adopting, is to either spay or neuter your pets.
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