News : Local Woman Works Overtime to Save Endangered Dogs

Oct 17, 2012

From The Granite State Sentinel

By:Heikki Perry

DEERFIELD - The phrase "man's best friend" is not necessarily so, depending on where you live in the United States, especially in the South where unwanted dogs ending up in shelters are more likely to be killed than adopted.

So says Mary Doane, owner of Mary's Dogs Rescue & Adoption, in Deerfield.  Ninety percent of the dogs Mary rescues are from a "high-kill" shelter in Aiken County, S.C., an area that borders Georgia.  She points to a cultural difference between the southern U.S. and the northeast and what it means to keep a dog as a pet and whether that dog should be spayed or neutered.

"Bottom line, many people treat animals only as property without inherent worth, and this happens a lot in the south," she says.  "It also happens in the north.  However, in our rescue we are looking for people who consider dogs family members.  In the south, many dogs don't come inside at all.  Not everybody in Aiken feels that way and they treat their animals well, but others' animals just keep breeding."

Dogs are also coming from a lot of rescues in Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Mississippi, all of which are high-kill states.  That is so, again because many of these folks don't spay and neuter.

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