Posted by the SPCA

Ithaca, N.Y. — Twelve dogs rescued by the SPCA of Tompkins County last month from a “high kill shelter” in Alabama have all been adopted by new owners.

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The local SPCA posted the happy news on its Facebook page Tuesday afternoon with a photo of one of the new dog owners:

Posted by the SPCA

“Leigh, our last Alabama dog, just left with her new person,” the SPCA post said.

“They’re excited to become a team and start agility classes together! Good luck sweet girl!”

In February, SPCA Executive Director Jim Bouderau said that the SPCA of Tompkins County — a “no kill” shelter — was contacted by two shelters in poor, rural parts of Alabama that do put down their dogs.

Those shelters have many more animals than they have space, Bouderau said.

“The scope of their problem is much bigger than they can handle, and that’s the case for a lot of shelters,” he said.

As previously reported, the shelter was able to rescue the dogs because of a grant from the ASPCA and SubaruUSA’s “Share the Love” program. This subsidy pays for transportation costs at shelters in the program, allowing the dogs to be taken from Alabama to Binghamton.

Bouderau, center, is the executive director of the SPCA of Tompkins County. Pic provided

Those dogs have now all been adopted.

The SPCA also provided a link to a YouTube video created, presumably, by one of the pup’s new owners:


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.