The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


May 12, 2013

Homeless-pet fund hits postal snag



Success stories

Since its inception, The Teton Transport has successfully placed many pets that were due to be euthanized at the local shelter. Among them, Dakota the dog, whose hind leg had to be amputated after his angry owner threw him from a camper and broke his leg. Today, the mixed-breed dog tossed from an Alabama trailer is now living the high life in upstate New York, thanks to the Teton Fund.

More recently, five Beagle pups were dumped outside the shelter on a cold, rainy night with a note attached that read: DO NOT WANT THEM, said volunteer Suzanne Carter.

The 4-to-5-week-old pups were taken into a foster home and, shortly thereafter, sent to the “Forever Home Beagle Rescue” in Pennsylvania.

The puppies were adopted even before they arrived, Carter said. Their mother, Gloria, found a home there later, too.

The Teton Fund paid for their preparation and transportation.

More dogs’ before-and-after transport photos are available on Facebook at Teton Transport Fund.

Public’s help needed

Although the transport is working, it needs feeding with money and volunteers on a regular basis.

“This project is working 100 percent and, with our community behind it, it will get stronger and stronger,” Mary Ann said. “The more donations to the fund, the more pets get good, caring homes. Without us, they have no chance at all.”

Every pet transported by Teton must first be vaccinated and either spayed or neutered, all of which costs $150 per pet, Mary Ann said. Transportation costs vary from $90 to $150 per pet, depending on where they have to go, she said.

“Rest assured, every dollar goes to veterinary care and transport,” Mary Ann said.

Every pet transported depends on volunteers willing to drive them all or part of the way to their new hometowns and states. More volunteer are needed to drive and fill other rolls such as helping at the shelter or fostering one or more pets for two weeks. If you want to help, call Blenkinsopp at the Athens shelter at 256-771-7889.

“This Teton Transport Fund is on-going since more pets are taken into the shelter every day.” Mary Ann said. “Please don’t wait, the pets can’t.”


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