Each year thousands of animals are killed in animal shelters in West Virginia and surrounding states. There has been a recent push by some groups to find ways to lower those numbers. Part of that effort includes looking for out of state rescue organizations that have space to take in animals until they can find a permanent home.
Dog Bless is a rescue group that has saved over 600 dogs from the Kanawha Charleston Animal Shelter in the last year. Part of their work includes sending dogs from West Virginia to other rescue organizations across the country. Group leaders say volunteers screen the rescues to make certain animals that go to the locations will be handled safely. They regularly send vans full of dogs on transport missions to the approved rescues. But occasionally they get the opportunity to put the dogs on planes to get them there faster.