The 15 remaining dogs rescued from the embattled Humane Society of Marion County in Jefferson are hoping a second chance adoption event on Saturday at PetSense in Marshall will find them the forever homes they need.
FOJA member Kimberly Parsons said on Wednesday that nearly $12,000 has been raised for the dogs’ care at Marshall Animal Hospital so far, the place they were transferred to after the deplorable conditions were discovered at the Jefferson shelter in early December.
According to FOJA, most of the 50 dogs rescued by the hospital a couple of weeks ago have been homed but the adoption event set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at PetSense in Marshall will hopefully find homes for the remaining dogs.
PetSense is located at 190 East End Blvd South in Marshall.
“Meet the dogs, visit with people who know them well, and take home a new furry companion,” FOJA said in a press release on Wednesday. “Adoption fees are waived for the Marion County dogs, but donations are appreciated.”
Those not wanting to wait until Saturday’s event may adopt now by visiting Marshall Animal Hospital or by calling the hospital at 903-935-3082.
Information and pictures about each of the remaining dogs is available on FOJA’s website at www.friendsofjeffersonanimals.org or on Marshall Animal Hospital’s Facebook page.
All of the rescued dogs have been brought up to date on vaccinations, have been spayed or neutered and have had their immediate medical concerns treated by Marshall Animal Hospital.
Marshall Animal Hospital is located at 4510 Elysian Fields Road in Marshall.
The situation in Jefferson began about Thanksgiving when a volunteer reported neglected, abused, malnourished and dead dogs found at the former Dixie Humane Society, now known as the Humane Society of Marion County. A Jefferson Police investigation at the Humane Society of Marion County later revealed the dogs to be living in deplorable conditions.
Board members and volunteers from the Jefferson shelter transferred the dogs to the Marshall Animal Hospital about two weeks ago after pressure from volunteers. The hospital offered to take the dogs on for $350 dollars each but some of the dogs have required more intensive care and procedures.
The Humane Society of Marion County didn’t have the funds to cover the $350 dollar fee for all of the dogs so Marshall Animal Hospital has set up a fund specifically for the Jefferson dogs at its facility.
For more information about the adoption event, visit the hospital’s Go Fund Me page at www.gofundme.com/marshall-animal-hospitalmarion-county-shelter.