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Animal shelter brings dogs from Texas to find homes

Belle has a blast playing in the snow Monday morning. She is one of the dogs brought up from Texas to find a new home. Jamie Lund/jlund@pinejournal.com1 / 3
This sweet boy, Spanky, is just waiting for somebody to take him home and cuddle him. He is one of the dogs brought from Texas to find his forever home. Jamie Lund/jlund@pinejournal.com2 / 3
A chihuahau waits patiently for somebody to bring her home. Jamie Lund/jlund@pinejournal.com3 / 3

The Friends of Animals Humane Society ran into a rare dilemma recently, an animal shelter with almost no dogs! The staff decided to take the opportunity to help others in need.

According to a press release, FOA staff reached out to Diane Lucantonio, an independent animal rescue lead and foster mom based in Wheaton, Minn. A former resident of Texas, Lucantonio used her connections in both states to bring eight dogs from small Texas shelters to Cloquet last week along with one from another Minnesota shelter.

"With a group of dedicated volunteers we help dogs with little or no hope get vetting, secure placement, and find transport to out-of-state humane societies for a better opportunity at a great life," Lucantonio said. "It's all a teamwork event. We are all over the state (of Texas) reaching out to help."

The dogs and the transport were free to FOA. They are all highly adoptable dogs ranging in ages from 10 months to five years. They have been examined, spayed/neutered, dewormed, and have been started on their vaccinations. The dogs are available for meet and greet opportunities and adoptions at the Cloquet facility.

"It is a win-win", said Kimberly Parmeter, FOA executive director. "Our number of adoptable dogs in shelter had dropped to two! Long time staffers could not remember a time when we had so few dogs for people to visit with. We needed to make a plan."