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Cuse Pit Crew launches SOS Pet Project to deal with shelter overcrowding

Pit-lab mixes Thelma and Louise, pictured above, arrived together at Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association in Madison County. They were recently moved to Helping Hounds in DeWitt due to the flooding in Oneida. Both dogs are social, lovable and get along with other dogs. Cuse Pit Crew is hoping community members will adopt Thelma and Louise, along with the countless other dogs in local shelters, to help address the overcrowding problem.

Pit-lab mixes Thelma and Louise, pictured above, arrived together at Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association in Madison County. They were recently moved to Helping Hounds in DeWitt due to the flooding in Oneida. Both dogs are social, lovable and get along with other dogs. Cuse Pit Crew is hoping community members will adopt Thelma and Louise, along with the countless other dogs in local shelters, to help address the overcrowding problem.

— While it is uncomfortable for many, the fact is that some local shelters must euthanize animals —even those who are great with children, healthy, and loving —due to lack of space. Cuse Pit Crew asks that before you shop, to consider adoption. Or at least, visit a shelter like Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association in Canastota before buying a pet.

“Our dogs and cats aren't here because they’re ‘bad’ or unadoptable; it’s because of irresponsible people who don’t spay or neuter, over-breed for profit, or thoughtlessly discard litters of kittens and puppies,” said Mark Christensen, executive director of Wanderers' Rest Humane Association. “When looking at adopting a dog, it’s essential to judge each dog as an individual, NOT by their breed. With proper training and socializing, any dog can become a great family pet. Even adult dogs respond well to training —we just ask that you come see for yourself what great animals are up for adoption,”

Perhaps Wanderers’ Rest says it best: “they survive, because we survive, because of you.” In order to prevent an unusually high euthanasia rate this summer, Cuse Pit Crew is asking for the community to step up and help local animals by helping the shelters. You can do that through adoption or by tax deductable donations. Many shelters also allow you to “foster” a dog or cat for a brief period of time to get them out of the shelter environment. For a complete list of local shelters and rescues, visit cusepitcrew.org/rescues.php.

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