GREEN BAY - The 16-hour trip is over for some Oklahomans. Twenty-five four-legged transplants arrived in Green Bay late Thursday afternoon.
The dogs, mostly puppies, will up for adoption by the weekend, thanks to an area shelter.
It was a long journey, but volunteers at the Bay Area Humane Society wasted little time to begin the animals' transition.
"We've already gotten so many calls from community members who are looking for puppies and want to help, so I think those animals will go very very quickly," said Karen DeBaker, Bay Area Humane Society.
After the tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., dozens of displaced animals poured into the Central Oklahoma Humane Society.
To help make room for those animals, the Bay Area shelter, as well as a few others, offered to take dogs that were in the shelter before the storm.
"If they didn't do that, then we wouldn't have these 100 spots for tornado victims," explained Central Oklahoma Humane Society President Christy Counts during a phone interview. "We're just so grateful for partners like that because we wouldn't want to turn away any of these victims and we've been able to have an open policy and take everything that comes our way."
But what about the dogs already awaiting adoption at the Bay Area shelter? Shelter officials say both current and new dogs will be at either the shelter or at PetSmart for adoption.
And they're not too worried about them finding homes.
"The Bay Area Humane Society hasn't euthanized an animal for space in over four years," DeBaker said. "So bringing these puppies in, will actually help us move our other animals through quicker, because it drives more foot traffic. We never ever take in additional animals if we weren't confident that we'd find forever homes here or if it put other shelter dogs at risk of not finding forever homes."
Some new arrivals will be ready for adoption as early as Friday. The rest will be ready by Saturday.
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