SO Humane Saving Train gives dogs second chance at life

SO Humane's Saving Train program rescues dogs from overcrowded kill shelters, giving them a second chance at life. (Genevieve Grippo/KTVL)

The Southern Oregon Humane Society is rescuing dogs from euthanization through a program called the Saving Train.

Their goal is to save as many adoptable dogs from euthanization as possible, a fate that SOHS employees say is all too common at overcrowded shelters.

When a shelter is in need, they can call the Southern Oregon Humane Society for help. The Saving Train will then drive to the shelter and transport as many dogs as they can to the SOHS, where they will be put up for adoption.

"We can't save everyone but we sure try to take every space we have available. Every time we go, we will fill to save as many as we can. It's really rewarding to know that, you know, just by transferring them to somewhere else, they can find a home," said Kailani Miranda, SOHU's Animal Behavior Supervisior.

On Friday, Miranda and another employee drove the Saving Train van to a kill shelter in central California. They were able to transport 47 dogs from the shelter to the safety of SOHS's facility.

For many of the dogs rescued, it was their last chance at life.

The California shelter was severely overcrowded, giving the dogs a three-day period to be adopted. If the dogs were not adopted within that time, the shelter would have been forced to euthanize them.

Miranda says that generally, dogs are turned into shelters through no fault of their own. They are perfectly lovable and ready for a home.

"Most of the time they're stray dogs that wind up in the shelter for no particular reason," said Miranda.

The 47 dogs that were rescued are currently going through medical processing. Miranda says they will be ready for adoption within the next few days.

The number of dogs the Saving Train can rescue at any given time depends on how much space is available at the Humane Society. When the program visits overpopulated shelters, they generally save about 50 animals. Miranda says they have rescued as many as 68 in a day.

The program typically transfers animals from local shelters every week, and makes inter-state visits about once a month. Miranda says the program has saved thousands of animals nationally and internationally.

The Saving Train is funded completely by donations. If you would like to donate, you can visit the Southern Oregon humane Society. You can also donate through their Facebook or through their website.

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