LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A trip across state lines could mean a second chance for some adorable pups that were transported from the Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter on Thursday.
Animal adoption organization Ruff Rescue from Denver Colorado made a trip to take 12 dogs back with them with the hope of finding the pups a new home.
Shelter director Aaron Ramsey said he's very grateful.
"We're just very appreciative of being able to work with animal rescues and we're always looking for alternatives to euthanasia" Ramsey said.
Summer is one of the busiest seasons for the shelter which is why it's so important for them to have relationships with other adoption organizations.
"There's a lot of great animal groups out there and a lot of great organization that help us tremendously save the lives of a lot of these animals that come into the shelter." Ramsey said.
The shelter has a mandatory 72 hour hold on new arrivals at the shelter.
"It's not set in stone, we try to hold them a lot longer than that time frame but being an open admission high volume shelter unfortunately we fill up." Ramsey said.
That's where Ruff Rescue stepped in.
"They are transporting those dogs back to Colorado and they work with Petsmart and Pet-co and when they hold adoption events our dogs are actually adopted through those organizations." Ramsey said.
The group has helped transport and place over 50 dogs from the Lufkin area with new owners since they started working together 6 months ago.
One of which even got adopted by Denver Bronco football player Casey Kreiter.
And the shelter is always looking for more animal adoption groups to work with.
"We depend on those rescues and volunteers and fosters especially just because of the volume that comes in and again they help us tremendously re-home the ones who come in here." Ramsey said.
Any group or organization interested in partnering with the shelter must complete an application. For more information you can contact the shelter directly by calling (936)633-0218.