Adopting A Rescue Dog: Here's What You Need To Know

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated the New Orleans area and as people fled the storm, hundreds of thousands of dogs were left behind to fend for themselves. The dogs that survived led to an overwhelming number of stray dogs in the following years, and created a severe animal welfare crisis.

Animal welfare groups stepped in to rescue some of these dogs and began transporting them to other parts of the country where people could open their homes and hearts to a homeless dog. These events, along with the advent of social media, began a trend that continues today.

Most of the rescue dogs we see in our practice are coming from the southern states, arriving by transport vehicles from high kill shelters thanks to an army of volunteers and rescue groups.