Local K9 Group to the Rescue in Texas

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by Meg Coyle

NWCN.com

Posted on October 14, 2009 at 5:41 PM

 

 

It's raining cat and dog crates at K9 Northwest in Tacoma.

Melissa Lingk and her army of two are about to embark on a life-saving mission. Counting out 31 crates.. and making sure they've got the necessary creature comforts for 31 german shepherds about to call Western Washington home.  "Some of these dogs were beat, abandoned, left for dead.  The three-legged dog has a gross foot injury that was so bad he ended up have to have his leg amputated."

Now they're just waiting for the trailer to arrive.  Then they'll load up and head out on a 32 hour drive to a place called Camp Wolfgang.

Wally Swanson runs Camp Wolfang, a german shepherd rescue just outside Dallas that needs a rescue of its own.  Donations have dried up in the down economy.  Swanson had no choice but to shut down.  "It's the saddest event in my life.  But there's nothing I can do about it, I've pushed it for as far as I can."

That's where K9 Northwest comes in.  It's one of several shelters and the only one in Western Washington making the long trek to Texas to help find these dogs new homes.  "We've never rescued this many dogs this far away so it looks like it's probably going to be a pretty big adventure," says Lingk.  A monumental mission with an even bigger payoff.  "It's always worth the effort when you're able to save lives."

 

Foster homes are already lined up for the dogs once they get here.  Eventually they'll be adopted out or a few of them may be trained in bomb detection or narcotics. 

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