UPDATE: More than 50 dogs arrive to Roanoke shelter

Courtesy of the Humane Society of the United States
Courtesy of the Humane Society of the United States(WDBJ)
Published: Apr. 21, 2017 at 5:41 PM EDT
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Fifty-four furry faces arrived in Roanoke Friday night after a large-scale rescue in rural Georgia. The Humane Society of the United States went in and called on Roanoke's Angels of Assisi for help.

The dogs were rescued from a multi-species rescue of nearly 450 animals in Habersham County, Georgia.

This is Angels of Assisi's fifth emergency placement through the Humane Society of the United States. Angels has developed itself into a favorite to call on because of its ability to treat and re-home successfully.

And by going out of town, it's actually able to better serve local pets. Adoptions across the board are always high after a large rescue, and it helps staff get better at their own jobs.

"We didn't used to be able to take on some of the harder cases for the ones that may need some kind of rehabilitation or the shy dogs or the fearful dogs or the ones that just kind of need trust building. So just throwing ourselves into this we've learned how to better care for some of the animals even in the community at the local pounds we can help with some of the shy dogs or the ones that are shut down," Angels of Assisi Adoption Center Director Matthew Brown said.

About 150 of the remaining dogs went to different shelters out of state. They've all been signed over as well, so there are no legal hurdles to cross.


Some animals are heading to Roanoke after a large-scale animal rescue in rural Georgia. Roanoke's Angels of Assisi is on the road with more than 50 dogs in tow.

Workers at Angels are springing into action after finding out that 54 dogs are inbound. The crates need to go up, puppy pads need to go in and towels are a nice touch too. The team at Angels has been on their feet all day preparing for the arrival.

The Humane Society of the United States recently pulled about 200 dogs from a large-scale, multi-species neglect case in Habersham County, Georgia. As an emergency placement partner, Angels of Assisi was called in to take some of these animals.

"This coming week they'll need a lot of baths and TLC similar to like the West Virginia Dogs they're going to be shut down as soon as they get here so they'll need socialization and building trust so getting all of our team mobilized to get back into the swing of that kind of thing and taking care of the additional 54 animals coming in," Angels of Assisi Adoption Center Director Matthew Brown said.

The dogs have all been signed over which means they now belong to Angels of Assisi. Once they get here to Roanoke, they'll get a check up and get cleared. Then they'll be ready for adoption.