(SIOUX CITY, IA) You might call them foster homes for dogs and cats. The Siouxland Humane Society is part of a unique program that sends some of those animals all over the country to give them a better chance of being adopted.
From kittens to full grown cats and dogs, the humane Society is full of cuddly animals.
And if you're in the market to adopt it's the perfect place to find your new best friend.
"We have a 92% adoption rate which is very wonderful. Nationwide is 37%. So we're way above national average but anything we can do to help save an animal's life, we want to do," says Heidi Kaelke, a Supervisor at the Siouxland Humane Society.
Which is why seven years ago employees at the Siouxland Humane Society started a breed rescue program, sending animals all across the U.S. Once an animal has been here for at least 30 days the Siouxland Humane Society will start looking into sending them to a breed rescue for a second shot at life.
The United States Humane Society estimates 3-4 million animals are euthanized every year. Kaelke says that's a last resort.
"We do not say OK he's been here 7 days, time to euthanize him. No, we keep them as long as we can to find them homes," she says.
Kaelke says she has more than 140 breed rescues across the country. Some are breed specific, others take just about any type of animal. But getting those animals to the foster home can be a challenge.
"Sometimes it's a long trip. We just had Blue, our pitbull go to Illinois and so we had to find a transport to go to Des Moines," says Kaelke.
And volunteers for the trip are hard to find.
"For one, it's their gas doing it, it's their time. You know and we appreciate it because we don't have the money to say oh here's $50 in gas, thanks for transporting. I love the rescue program because I think it does save lives and I hope we can do it for as long as we can," she says.
If you are interested in helping the Siouxland Humane Society get these dogs and cats where they need to go, call Heidi at 712-252-2614 extension 7.