Bonnie Hobbs of Selma holds her foster dog before putting her in a van to go to an adoption rescue in New York along with 16 other Selma Animal Shelter dogs. -- Ashley Johnson
Bonnie Hobbs of Selma holds her foster dog before putting her in a van to go to an adoption rescue in New York along with 16 other Selma Animal Shelter dogs. -- Ashley Johnson

Rescued dogs off to New York

Published 8:43pm Friday, March 1, 2013

Some tears were shed as animal foster parents kissed their foster dogs goodbye and sent them on a bus to New York — the dogs of course licked back, some of them resisting to get in the bus by tugging on their leash.

“But I know they are going to great homes,” Bonnie Hobbs said, who said this is her third time fostering a dog with Wannabe Rescued.

Seventeen dogs from the Selma Animal Shelter roamed around the back barn area of Valley Creek Animal Hospital on Friday afternoon for a send off party. All of the dogs were headed to New York, thanks to three dog rescues up north that were in contact with Shannon Lynch, Central Alabama Animal Shelter board member.

The shelter has been in recent headlines as it is operating at full capacity and has not accepted any new animals since late 2012.

“We didn’t just save 17 dogs today, we saved 34,” Lynch said, explaining that every time animals are taken off of adoptable row, that means one animal in line for euthanasia is allowed to move into the adoptable section. “Not only do you save that dog, you’re saving the one that is taking its place. Without fosters, none of this would have happened because the dogs have to be out of the shelter for a minimum of two weeks to make sure they get all of their medical stuff and its just mandatory. If there is one thing we can learn from this right here, its to get the word out and anybody who is thinking about getting a dog but they don’t want to commit to it yet, fostering its not a long time — its only two to three weeks.”

She said the shelter board as well as the city have all come together to make the rescue possible.

Lorraine Alexander helps run an organization in Selma, Wannabe Rescued, that posts pictures of animals in the Selma Animal Shelter and locate rescue groups that will take them to other parts of the country so that euthanasia is not their fate.

“This is the biggest pull that Selma, Alabama has ever had,” Alexander said. “We don’t expect this many dogs again at once [to be pulled] but we plan on doing more and we can only do as many animals as our fosters will let us.”

To learn about fostering an animal for a two to three week period so that it can be adopted through a rescue, contact Wannabe Rescued to join their foster network at

  • Jill Ashmore

    meanwhile 30 odd dogs a week in the New York shelters are being killed because these dogs are taking up homes that should be there for them …… just take a look on Urgent Part 2 facebook page youll see 7/8 dogs killed each day there …….. homes are getting so hard to find for these dogs … they can have $1000+ pledged and over 1000 shares and still nothing for them and they lose their lives .. dedicated people work every night desperately trying to save them .. but its easier to save dogs from down south … probably not so many things checked into … so people save those instead … meanwhile the dogs in the New York shelters die

  • Maci Willever

    At the NYCACC there are usually anywhere from 5 to 30 dogs on the KILL list everynight. What about those dogs?? This is just crazy. Check out the site Urgent Part2 which hosts the nightly kill list of the NYC dogs….

  • popdukes12

    The STJ can write on taxes, monuments, crime etc. and hardly get a comment, but, mention “Fluffy” the puppy and everyone comes out to comment. Priorities I guess….Pops

    • Viktoria A. Somorjai

      As you can see, the comments are from us, “Northerners.” This article spread like wild fire in our dog rescue community because of a few outrageous statements. We are hardly involved in your local issues, but we’d rather not have false claims published about our own community.

      • popdukes12

        Yankee “tree huggers”, that explains it. Hey, Joe Biden is in our small town today. Can y’all please “call him home”. Just kidding. pops

        P.S. I knew the names seemed real strange for the Selma area.

  • Dave S.

    Ashley – Please come visit New Jersey and I will give you a tour. We can visit any of the largest shelters in NJ that have an average euthanasia rate of 40% with one with a rate of 79%. Then we can visit dogs that have been waiting for years in the better shelters because no homes are available. Then we can visit the adoption days of the 20 rescues closest to me and learn that 17 of them have 100% dogs from the South, 2 get over 90% of their dogs from the South, and the one small rescue that actually saves local dogs. Our last stop can be the rescue from Georgia that brings a truckload of dogs to NJ and does ‘BAD’ adoptions – No vet check, no landlord check, no introduction to dogs already in the home, and all members of the family don’t need to approve of the adoption. Guess how many of those dogs I will see in a local shelter soon. One last note: If you think you can’t do a better job of taking care of your own dogs, check out the Foothills Humane Society in NC with a 97% live release rate..

  • Cheryl Wylie

    So who is following these dogs that are being shipped to the Northeast (to shelters that are actually quite full)? There is a rescue up here posting ads on Craigslist that a “dog needs an experienced foster or adopter” or they will kill the dog. So far all of thoses posts (there have been several) have been for dogs pulled from THE SOUTH and shipped up here.
    There are rescues that pull dogs they can place fast (or with puppies) and when they are wrong or if the mom doesn’t move, they kill them.

  • Lucy’s Mom

    Yes, transporting dogs to NY is wonderful for the dogs who are saved. But it’s not so wonderful when private, “No Kill” shelters state they have no room to accept local dogs because they just accepted a shipment of pups/dogs rescued from the South. I’ve seen and pulled dogs off of death row at municipal shelters who were still wearing their adoption tags from the local “No-Kill” shelter from which they were adopted. Why weren’t these dogs returned to the “No Kill Shelter”? Their adopters, when seeking to return them, were told there’s a very lengthy intake waiting list–that it could take months before a space opens up. Meanwhile, we see in the Newspaper stories about the dozens of dogs transported to this same shelter from the South. The homeless dog situation is very, very bad up here in New York. The NY City Animal Care & Control system functions more like a Concentration Camp than an adoption shelter. And to anyone who does not believe that, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you.

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  • Michael Ripinsky

    there is actually a shortage of animals and strays up there,
    Really Ms Johnson do you your homework before you print something that is NOT TRUE.It”s so bad up here that I have to open up my own shelter.Right now I have 15 Wonderful Dogs who can’t find a forever home or a foster home because they are not cute little Puppy Anymore.

  • Viktoria A. Somorjai

    “Shelters and rescues in the north in states like New York and New Jersey
    often do not operate at full capacity due to stricter pet adoption
    laws, there is actually a shortage of animals and strays up there.”

    I don’t know who told you guys this, but it’s absolutely untrue. There are over 10,000 animals (about half of them dogs) killed at the NYC ACC alone. We have several other high-kill pounds in the Northeast. And those dogs don’t say teary-eyed good-byes to foster parents; they go from their filthy cages into black freezer bags…

    There is a euthanasia list EVERY NIGHT at NYC ACC; those dogs and cats have between 5 PM and 6 AM the following day to be pulled. Does that sound like “shortage?!”
    You can see the NIGHTLY euth list here:

    • Elizabeth

      thank your for pointing out this colossal untruth. For an area with ” a shortage of strays” we sure are euthanizing a LOT of dogs on a daily basis.

    • Nina Schipperke

      Here is a more accurate portrayal of the admittedly terrible NYACC. This link contains the actual dogs euthanized recently at the NYACC.

      99 % are Pits and ‘Pit-types’. The other, a Pom ,was so desperately ill that it died in transport.

      These dogs lost their lives despite the hundreds of crossposters for every dog every day.

      Possibly Ms. Somorjai can tell us how to convince someone who wants a golden lab or a small poodle or spaniel to instead adopt a senior or abused 60lb Pit or Pit-X.

      • Terry Henning

        That is EXACTLY where EDUCATION comes in. No, you are not likely to convince every person looking for a lab or golden to choose a pit or pit mix, but every ONE you do convince, is one less dog that is killed. People do not know what great dogs they are or can be. They only know the stereotypes. With education, I do believe some people would consider adopting a shelter dog.
        And they are not all seniors or abused. MANY of the dogs losing their lives in the shelter every day are perfectly adoptable dogs, young and healthy and they have been temperament tested.

      • Nina Schipperke

        Education is nice.
        Sorta like world peace is nice.
        But despite our lifelong attempts at ‘education’ people are still breeding their animals like roof-rats & dumping their dogs & cats like garbage.
        So whilst we await that miraculous day when people are educated, there are a whole lotta animals NOW that might be saved by transport.

      • Lucy’s Mom

        Ms. Schipperke, I’m going to take a wild guess here and assume you’re not a Northerner. Of course we all would like for every homeless animal to be saved and placed into a loving, forever home. But your snarky comment (which is why I think you can’t possibly be a Northerner–we’re much more polite up here) regarding Ms. Henning’s comment about the need for education, seems uncalled for. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go educate myself about the spay/neuter laws and anti-puppy mill & Backyard Breeder legislation that exist in States like Alabama. Kudos to every rescue & individual who works tirelessly to save homeless animals in their own Community.

      • Nina Schipperke

        As your assumptions are so wrong as to be laughable, methinks i will respond to you no more.

      • Nina Schipperke

        And possibly Terry Henning might have some tips on how to ‘educate’ the majority of NYC landlords to allow their tenants ANY sort of animal, let alone a Pit Bull. Because as it stands, the majority does not.

      • Sloan

        Some people will never get a Pit, but that’s a moot point. You are referring to the (daily) euth list. There are thousands of dogs of EVERY age and breed that come into the NYCACC each year, who do not make the list, yet still need rescue from that cesspool. Picking the example of ONE night’s list is absurd. There have been many, many instances when puppies and kittens are killed at ACC. Usually killed for space, but on several occasions , found dead in their cages, thanks to the care of the shelter. So maybe one of the people to whom you refer, who would never get an older dog, a pit or one with issues could adopt one of these healthy, young and often purebred dogs who are housed in horrific conditions right in NYC rather than importing one….

      • Nina Schipperke

        Maybe maybe maybe.

        ‘Maybe’ is not a valid argument.

        Plus I find it difficult to believe that anyone reading this needs to be educated on the horrors of the scandalous political Cosa Nostra called the NYACC.

      • Jill Ashmore

        from what Ive seen pits come in all shapes and sizes .. theres small pits too not just big ones and they make just as good pets as any other dog too if treated properly and given a chance .. so why should they be less likely to find a home because they have the name pit bull .. they the same as any other dog otherwise …… yes it is harder to find a home for them .. but theres way way more pits out there whose owners would tell you what wonderful family members these dogs are than ones who own vicious pits … the vicious ones are the only ones anyone wants to hear about though .. very sad for the poor dogs who just want and need a loving owner .. thats all

      • Samantha Broderick

        Nina, you really shouldn’t run your mouth about someone you know nothing about. Viktoria fosters more “broken”, abused, deaf, and blind little dogs than I could possibly count. What are YOU doing about the problem, aside from bashing others on the internet? Hmmmm?

      • Nina Schipperke


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