Renegade Paws Rescue Hosts First Pet Adoption Event of the Year

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – A new year and a second chance for hundreds of dogs in the Coast Empire.

Renegade Paws Rescue hosted its first pet adoption event of the year on Saturday.

The past year has been difficult for many animal rescues and shelters. Many of them were full of dogs without enough homes.

Renegade Paws Rescue said they are starting the New Year by doing what they do every day – find the right family for their rescues.

“Our New Years resolution is always the same to find safe homes for our dogs,” said Rachel Weymouth, Renegade volunteer.

Rachel Weymouth volunteers with Renegade Paws Rescue, a local animal shelter.

Many shelters were overcrowded last year, forcing rescues like Renegade to push capacity limits to make room for more animals.

“We can never get out of the problem of overcrowding in the south,” said Jennifer Taylor, director of Renegade Paws Rescue.

Renegade has only been around 2.5 years, but association director Jennifer Taylor said they had a huge increase, welcoming over 700 dogs in 2021. They only had 400 in 2020. .

“In Georgia we don’t tend to have a break from puppy season so we have a lot of puppies,” Taylor said.

They still have around 174 dogs and one is adopted after Saturday’s event. That’s why the director says they need events like this.

“Changing people’s perspective on what a shelter dog is. These dogs are all from shelters and some people think they are too broken to fix, ”said the manager.

COVID also played a role in limiting adoptions as they couldn’t run as many dating events for people to interact with the animals, but the nonprofit said the community had grown stronger by surprisingly.

“The number of people who have come together to save a life and be a hero this year, I can’t even tell you how amazing it is and how amazing it is to have them in our family as than Renegade, ”Taylor said.

She said the community they found outside of Renegade has made a difference in getting them through a difficult year, and they hope the support will continue.

“You know, if you’re looking for a New Years resolution, give us a call. We would love to have you join our family, ”Taylor said.

The manager said the main goal is really to keep pets at home so they don’t have to be rescued.

Renegade said they were ready to help without judgment, with food, vet care, whatever resources owners need to keep the animals in the home. You can find information about their upcoming adoption events on their Facebook page.

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Marie R. McCraw