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Dubuque Regional Humane Society taking dogs from overcrowded shelters

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It's the slow season at the Dubuque Regional Humane Society--at least for dogs coming in from the area.

But because they're part of the PetSmart Charities' Rescue Waggin', there's no shortage of dogs looking for a home this winter.

Including a shipment tomorrow, the shelter will have taken in 49 dogs so far this year from overcrowded shelters in the south.

"In southern states where the temperature is very warm, there is an even higher population of homeless dogs, and those dogs don't have much of a chance. When they can't get adopted in a shelter, they are often euthanized," said Maria Benham, president and CEO of the Dubuque Regional Humane Society.

But of all the dogs brought in already, very few remain.  Benham says they have no problems finding these dogs new homes.

"The first transport we received earlier in January, all 14 of the dogs were adopted within a week," she said.

In all, they'll take in nearly 500 dogs as part of the program, keeping many of them alive when they might have otherwise been euthanized.

Megan Schmerbach has been there a number of times as these dogs arrive at the shelter and eventually are adopted.

"It's really nice knowing that they're brought up here because they're overcrowded shelters. And knowing that we saved them, and they're going to be happy and have a family is very rewarding," Schmerbach said.

Dogs of all ages come to the shelter through this program, but the majority of them are puppies.  And Benham says they go fast.

To find out more about when these dogs will come to Dubuque, visit www.dbqhumane.org.

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