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Dozens of Dogs Get a Second Chance on Liberation Day

Animal Friends took in nearly 30 dogs this week as part of the biannual event.

For the fifth year in a row, Animal Friends held its "Liberation Day Rescue" to offer a second chance to lost and unclaimed dogs.

Jolene Miklas, Animal Friends' spokeswoman, said the dogs that were saved Monday were slated to be euthanized at various animal control facilities if not claimed by their owners.

"Animal Friends partnered with four animal control agencies to rescue and admit 29 unclaimed dogs who were facing euthanasia," she said. 

The first wave of rescued dogs on Monday morning produced two from Triangle Pet Control of McKees Rocks. A second wave brought in a total of 15 dogs from the Greene County Humane Society. More would come throughout the day, with plenty of volunteers on hand to lend a helping hand. 

"It's very rewarding, especially today," said Rick Novosel, a volunteer for six years who's retired, loves dogs and finds the work he does at Animal Friends to be fulfilling.

Novosel said there are many instances when owners lose their dogs and don't bother to come looking for them.

"To see animals, dogs, put down because they can't find a home, it's just heartbreaking," he said.

As the dogs were brought to the nonprofit, no-kill shelter in Ohio Township, they were named and vaccinated. Miklas said each dog was also tested for canine parvovirus, or parvo, a highly contagious virus that can easily spread from dog to dog. Once cleared, the dogs were bathed and groomed.

"They're always grateful to be here," Miklas said. "It's like they know they're saved."

Miklas said the event is an "educational effort" to let people know that more dogs are lost around the Fourth of July than any other time of year because of loud noises, fireworks and outdoor activities. Simple measures can keep your dog safe, she said.

Residents of the Southwestern Veterans Center gave the dogs such names as "Apple Pie," "Firework," and "Yankee and Doodle" in the spirit of the Fourth of July.

Pending any necessary evaluation, the dogs will be spayed or neutered and readied for adoption into loving families' homes beginning Wednesday.

Miklas said the shelter also has a "Liberation Day" on New Year's Eve, as a way to ring in the New Year in a positive way.

"We wish we could do it every single day and if we had a lot of adoptions everyday, we could," Miklas said. "No-kill shelters are challenged by admissions. If adoptions are slow, admissions are slow."

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Fred Rodriguez December 18, 2012 at 04:42 AM
I visited a dog shelter that rescued unwanted dogs with the intent to adopt one. The dogs probably have undergone very traumatic experiences that they seem to be wary of people around them. I spotted one dog that was so frail but I instantly fell for it. I have to go back a couple of times for it to be familiar of my presence. One day, I brought a fancy dog collar and leash to show the dog. The dog got up and wagged its tail, came to me and smelled the leash. I was so happy then that it recognized my presence. Since then, Lala (yes, I named ‘her’ Lala) lives with me and she is enjoying the love we lavish on her.

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