There is nothing more heart-wrenching than seeing a mother dog and her precious litter of puppies abandoned on the side of the road.
Unwanted pets are a major problem here in the Southern States. Chronic overpopulation and the misunderstood need to spay and neuter, fills the shelters beyond capacity ending in many unnecessary euthanizations.
This summer, Animal Planet will change that with "Last Chance Highway", an eight-part series that focuses on the monumental mission of a dedicated handful of rescuers.
The stakes are high for Shelly Bookwalter and Kyle Peterson and for the soon-to-be-euthanized dogs they are fighting to save.
Each week, they organize a band of volunteers to take part in a unique mobile adoption campaign.
Shelly leads an effort to find homes in the North for strays and unclaimed shelter dogs. And every week, Kyle and crew member, Lucas, climb aboard their big rig to transport more than 150 dogs thousands of miles to meet their new families. It's an exhausting ritual but one that finds homes for more than six thousand pets every year.Be sure to turn off the PLAYLIST by scrolling to the bottom of the sidebar and clicking the LARGE round button.
Kyle is the first to admit "What the groups do is the hardest part,"
"The best part is to deliver them to their families. We see the homecoming, and that's the most rewarding part. In the dog community what we're doing has been well received since we started six years ago. The whole goal of the show was to make the general public aware, and now they are."
A simple surgery would stop so much of this dying," Bookwalter said. "Please adopt a dog from a local shelter and save a life."
Check local listings series airs Saturday evenings on the Animal Planet.
Be sure to have a box of tissues close by.
All animals available for adoption are listed on Adopt a pet on Petfinder
P.E.T.S. Animal Rescue Road Trips http://www.petsllc.net/index.php