Following the severe winter storm cycle in the south last week, the Animal Adoption Center (AAC) welcomed seven dogs from Laredo, TX into their rescue and adoption program on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Animal Adoption Center (AAC) welcomed seven dogs from Laredo, TX into their rescue and adoption program on Wednesday, Feb. 24. While this transport marks the first from Laredo in 2021, it is the 16th rescue mission the AAC has completed with Texas groups in the past year.

Laredo Animal Care Services and southern shelters have been severely impacted by the winter storm that hit the south last week. They faced power outages, freezing temperatures, and an increase in animal surrenders due to this catastrophic weather.

As a result, already overcrowded shelters with limited resources were pushed beyond capacity. The Laredo Animal Care Services staff and countless volunteers were able to send 26 dogs north to get a second chance at life. Following a 21-hour drive, the AAC and two Utah-based rescue partners met the ground transport team in Salt Lake City to receive the dogs.

Animal Adoption Center Staff welcoming new dogs from Laredo, TX. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

“It is hard to believe that animals are still facing euthanasia due to lack of space. We are so fortunate to help relieve some of the burden in overwhelmed shelters regionally and nationally,” said Jenna Martin, AAC Advancement Director.

The AAC collaborates regularly with “Dog Is My Copilot” during the spring, summer, and fall to fly animals from southwestern shelters struggling with kennel space. Without the ability to fly during the winter months, Laredo Animal Care Services and partnering rescues are focused on ground transports to get cats and dogs to safety.

“We are grateful to live in a community so committed to animal rescue. With the support of our adopters, volunteers, and donors we are able to create space in overcrowded shelters. This helps both the animals being adopted and the ones that desperately need kennel space after being surrendered or found as stray,” said Carrie Boynton, AAC Executive Director.

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The AAC looks forward to continuing its life-saving partnership with shelters in Laredo and beyond. This includes transporting animals to Jackson as well as investing in spay/neuter clinics at the shelter in Laredo, TX to ensure animals are altered prior to adoption. Through Laredo Animal Care Services’ expanded transport efforts and an increase in spay/neuter, euthanasia rates have decreased significantly since 2019.

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She's a lover of alliteration, easy-to-follow recipes and board games when everyone knows the rules. Her favorite aspect about living in the Tetons is the collective admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.