BOISE -- Less than a week after 19 dogs arrived in Boise from Louisiana shelters overtaxed by devastating flooding, some of the pets have begun to find their forever homes.
Idaho Humane Society spokeswoman Allison Maier said at least three had been adopted by Monday. More will be out on the shelter's adoption floor this week after their spay and neuter surgeries and other health checks are complete.
The animals were transferred to Idaho with help from the non-profit group Dog Is My Copilot in an effort to reduce crowding at shelters in areas of Louisiana affected by last month's massive floods.
Maier said the dogs brought to Boise were not separated from their families during the disaster.
"The dogs we received came from one of two situations: They were either in shelters prior to the flooding or they were surrendered by their owners after the flooding," she said.
She said moving those dogs out of state gave them a better chance at adoption, and freed up space in Louisiana shelters to reunite lost pets with the families that are still looking for them.
Although a few of the 19 brought to Boise will be placed in foster homes or the IDAPI program before moving on to their forever homes, Maier said none of the dogs seem any worse for the wear from their cross-country trek.
"For the most part they're really social, energetic - a lot of younger dogs," she said. "They definitely have a lot of personality and spunk, it's been a lot of fun getting to know them."
Kane, a Lab mix, didn't have to wait long to find a family.
Carlos Abascal said the friendly brown dog quickly caught his eye when he stopped by the shelter Monday. Abascal said he had never adopted a dog before.
"I had a feeling that I needed to come, because my wife is having to put down her dog today," he said.
Like Kane, Abascal's wife is originally from Louisiana, he said.
"I looked at the paper and everything just seemed to fall into place," he said. "He just seems like a really happy little guy."
The Idaho Humane Society will post the dogs from Louisiana on their website as they become available for adoption.
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