Vans arrived from Sussex County Airport Dec. 2 to Brandywine Valley SPCA’s rescue and rehabilitation center carrying precious cargo: 100 dogs from shelters in Mississippi.
The dogs will be treated at the center and prepared for adoption at Brandywine Valley’s Mega Adoption Event, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 8-9, at Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington.
Brandywine Valley SPCA Delaware Director Walter Fenstermacher said the dogs were brought from overcrowded shelters in Mississippi. The dogs range from as young as 8 months old to adults.
“The size, variety and ages are a little bit of everything,” Fenstermacher said. “It’s really awesome to be able to partner with shelters across the country to save these lives. There are areas in the Midwest and the southern areas of the country where the prospects aren’t great for adoptable pets in shelters. To bring them into Delaware and find new homes - we’re happy to be a part of that.”
This was the first time a flight carrying animals for Brandywine Valley landed in Sussex County; previous flights saw animals land in New Castle County and then driven south. Fenstermacher said Brandywine Valley has sponsored 14 flights, saving about 1,000 animals. In October, the rescue and rehab center, located on Shingle Point Road, took about 100 cats from Florida shelters affected by Hurricane Michael.
Fenstermacher said the dogs will be examined by a veterinary team, receive any up-to-date vaccinations and then be spayed or neutered prior to the adoption event. The Mega Adoption will offer 1,000 pets for adoption.