Aiken rescue finding new homes for dogs, spreading an important message

AIKEN, SC (WFXG) - Home for Good Dog Rescue is in Aiken, finding  a litter of nine puppies new homes.

But HFG isn't located in Aiken; they're from New Jersey.

Amy Warnock, Veterinary Technician for HFG, said, "Every six weeks, we come down to Georgia and South Carolina. We take dogs from kill shelters and take them back up north to get good homes."

Warnock said, the kill rate in the CSRA is at nearly 90 percent and has been drawing them here for three years. Now, they're getting help more and more from the community. PAWS. Palmetto Animal Welfare Services, is helping them spread the most important message of all; spay and neuter your pets.

Joya Distefano, Animal Advocate for PAWS, said, "it's one of the healthiest thing we can for animal welfare and your pet. If we hadn't managed to get this puppy taken care of, we could have had seven more strays out in our outlying areas."

The PAWS advocate said they're working on making spay and neuter more accessible to people in those outlying areas.

"We have programs in Wagner, the Burnett town hall. I'm looking at Moneta and Jackson so people can bring their animals and get information. Right now the most it will cost is 20 dollars and that includes microchip."

If you would like to make a donation to PAWS low-cost-no-cost Spay/Neuter Your Pet program, you can send a check to PAWS, P.O. Box 392 Aiken 29802.