DALLAS — Ten dogs scheduled to be euthanized this week at the Dallas Animal Services adoption center have been rescued following urgent pleas for help issued on social media.
The animals are part of the shelter's "Very Special Pets" program, which hasn't had an animal put down in nearly four years.
The first two dogs were set for euthanization on Wednesday night, but 30 minutes before the appointed hour, two families raced down to the shelter to rescue them.
"We wanted to save his life and give him a new home," said Ashley Gutierrez.
Gutierrez saw the pleas for help on Facebook. She rescued Lady, one of the dogs that had been at the shelter for two months.
Rescue groups issued urgent messages earlier Wednesday for anyone who could help.
"The foster groups are just maxed out," explained Jonnie England, director of he Metroplex Animal Coalition. She said says rescue groups are now resorting to unusual measures to save the lives of unwanted pets.
"Many of them are boarding animals; they take them from a shelter to save a life, put them in boarding because they don't have foster homes," England said.
Dallas Animal Services takes in 66 animals every day, and their shelter has reached capacity.
Earlier this month, shelters in Fort Worth, Bedford and Irving also issued urgent messages saying they would have to euthanize healthy, adoptable pets if the public didn't step in to help.
Each city has cut rates for adoptions, offering good deals to rescue a pet.