No Unwanted Pets?

Patti Goudey snatches dogs from the jaws of death. Goudey, co-founder of the area pet welfare organization H.A.N.D.S.S. to the Rescue, saves dogs scheduled to be euthanized at shelters and animal control facilities — sometimes hours before their sentence — because of lack of space, medical conditions or severe injuries.

It’s a job she and about 20 volunteers wish they didn’t have to do, but one made necessary by rampant pet overpopulation. Every year 3 million to 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized nationwide simply because there aren’t enough homes for them, she said. In Michigan, more than 800 cats are euthanized every hour.

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