Description: The ARL transports unwanted dogs and puppies from the South. Because New Hampshire has stricter laws regarding spaying and neutering, there are fewer puppies born here. It's a different story in Mississippi, where shelters are forced to euthanize 70% or more of their incoming animals due to overpopulation. In 2007, it is estimated that Mississippi euthanized 73,000 cats and dogs. (By contrast, NH euthanized 2,721 cats and dogs in 2007, and only 55 of those were due to space issues. The rest were euthanized because of severe health or behavioral issues. The ARL never euthanizes for space.)
To date, the ARL has rescued 122 dogs from the South. Jemma is one of those.
A very pregnant Jemma was driven from Tupelo, MS, to West Virginia where the husband of the ARL's dog transport director was white water rafting on the Gauley River. Jemma arrived just in time to catch the flight to NH. She gave birth a few days later.
This excerpt from For Pets' Sake was filmed on 9-20-09 and 11-11-09.
Jemma and three of her puppies will be going up for adoption on Thursday, November 12th, 2009.