Families who decide to foster or adopt an animal hope their furry friend is healthy and in good condition. Trained professionals at Wright-Way Rescue in Murphysboro, Illinois, make sure that is exactly what local families discover inside the center.
"This is where all of our animals initially come to receive all of their vaccinations and medical care before they go to our main adoption center in Morton Grove," Heather Pulley said.
Pulley serves as Intake Coordinator of Wright-Way Rescue and helps process animals through the facility. The animals that aren't fostered or adopted at this location are transported to the organization's Morton Grove location, outside Chicago. However, the focus is to try and serve the local area first.
"There are so many animals that need good homes in southern Illinois," Pulley said. "We really go above and beyond to make sure that they're all healthy and are going to find great homes."
That's why Wright-Way Rescue is among thousands of shelters across the nation participating in a national event Saturday, July 23, called Clear The Shelters. The focus is to encourage people to foster or adopt animals from participating shelters. There are plenty of eager animals at Wright-Way Rescue ready for your family.
"Ones that are super talkative, ones that are quiet, ones that are mellow, ones that are energetic," Pulley said.
Christine Chance is a great example of how the system in place can help animals in need find loving homes. She's adopted three dogs from Wright-Way Rescue, including Zoey, who came from an abusive home.
"We knew we could give her a home that would give her solitude, peace, shelter, love, whatever she needed and as much as she wanted to take," Chance said.
Her love for animals is in her genes. Her mother Pam Eaton has fostered hundreds of puppies over the years and sees the need first hand.
"Puppies in shelters typically get ill very quickly and many don't survive. So, that's why foster homes are so necessary," Eaton said.
In fact, Pam's granddaughter and Chance's daughter, 10 year-old Emma, shows her support by making bracelets and selling them to raise money to help animal shelters.
"They're little latex-free rubber bands. I make them into bracelets, and I put the dog charm on them," Emma said.
The family knows it's important to open their hearts and homes to animals in need. It's a family providing help now to create better lives later.
"I love puppies, and this gives me the opportunity to save lives, always have puppy breath in my house, and see them go to wonderful homes," Pam added.
The Clear The Shelters event is Saturday, but the Wright-Way Rescue's adoption location will be Pure Pet at 2355 Sweets Drive in Carbondale.
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