Grass Roots Rescue to receive its largest single intake Saturday

MILFORD – Grass Roots Rescue, a southern Delaware-based animal rescue, will receive 68 dogs Saturday from high-kill shelters in South Carolina and Georgia, the biggest intake in the rescue’s six-year history.

Partnering with One Love Animal Rescue, the dogs will be driven in a 33-foot bus from Georgia to Delaware on Saturday

The canines are scheduled to arrive at Avenue Veterinary Clinic, located at 306 Lakeview Ave., Milford, at approximately 10 a.m.

At that time, Grass Roots Rescue volunteers and Avenue Veterinary Clinic staff will medically assess, sort and distribute the dogs to their foster homes.

Officials say the need to bring animals from southern states such as South Carolina and Georgia to Delaware is important. The euthanasia rates for the shelters where the animals are coming from is between 25 and 75 percent. Animals are being euthanized for lack of space, lack of resources and lack of adoption.

“These transports are essential to us because we constantly struggle with overcrowding,” said Caitlin Schake, executive director of Jasper Animal Rescue Mission. “Being located in a rural, low-income area, we are faced with a high number of intakes but a low number of adoptions. Our goal is always to save lives. But without a doubt, these transports help us save so many more lives. To be able to move a large number of dogs to rescue, many of which have medical needs, is an opportunity we are so grateful for.”

The largest need at this time are donations, volunteers and adopters. For more information, interested persons should visit www.grrde.org.

Grass Roots Rescue is a Delaware-based all volunteer 501(c)3 nonprofit group that saves dogs and other animals that are at risk in shelters and within the community. GRR’s primary objective is to improve the quality of life for all animals through rescue, outreach, and education. The organization is solely a foster-based rescue and relies on the donations of local community members.

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