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Rescue group has dogs jumping for joy

Brsico the agility dog was rescued by PAWS of SWVA -- Fetching Apparel's July charity.

PAWS of Southwest Virginia is a rescue group in the heart of Appalachia that has saved the lives of countless cats and dogs, which has some jumping for joy.

Brisco is the perfect example. Volunteers pulled him from the Wise County shelter and now he’s a champion agility dog and loving life. He’s won a bunch of ribbons and trophies – along with the hearts of his new owners. Below is a picture of Brisco in the shelter. It’s crushing.

Fetching Apparel donates 40% of profits to help animal rescue efforts -- like PAWS of SWVA, the group that saved this pup named Brisco.Fetching-Apparel.com

PAWS was initially founded to try to decrease the number of dogs and cats being euthanized in Wise County.

“When we first started we were just pulling animals, taking them to local adoptions and adopting them to people we thought would give them good homes,” said PAWS vice president (and repeat foster failure) Jo Anne Harding (pictured below). “We did not make sure the animals were spayed or neutered. We were just focused on saving their life.”

PAWS of SWVA volunteers working to adopt out animals in Appalachia. Fetching Apparel is proud to partner with these hardworking volunteers.Fetching-Apparel.com

The hard work has paid off.

Look at the numbers back in 2010. According to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 2,132 animals were euthanized in the Wise County Animal Control and Public Animal Shelter.

Compare that to 2015. Stats show that the number is down to 553 animals euthanized.

Now PAWS has been able to work on being even more proactive about reducing the homeless pet population.

PAWS of SWVA volunteers working to adopt out animals in Appalachia. Fetching Apparel is proud to partner with these hardworking volunteers.Fetching-Apparel.com

“Pets in our care are now vaccinated, spayed or neutered – if of age, and our dogs are microchipped,” said Jo Anne. “If the pet is too young when adopted, we follow up to make sure it is spayed or neutered when it is old enough.”

Despite the progress, there is no sign that the need for PAWS is letting up.

“Over the past year we have been taking more and more pets from the community as people are giving up their pets as the economy has taken a downward spiral,” said Jo Anne. “The pets suffer too.  More and more people are saying they can’t afford to take care of their pets or they are having to move and can’t take their pets with them.  And the cat population has been overwhelming this year.”

PAWS of SWVA works to adopt out cats and dogs from their local shelter. Fetching-Apparel.com is proud to be partnering with this rescue group this month.Fetching-Apparel.com

It’s tiring and thankless work. And sometimes PAWS’ members feel like they’re facing an uphill battle.

“I just wrote a letter to the editor (of the local paper) berating the Town of Wise for banning dogs from all their parks,” said Jo Anne. “So I guess by default I have been the public voice of the rescue.”

Jo Anne says her job would be a lot easier if everyone would just work together when it comes to making this a pet-friendly community – which would in turn mean more animals getting adopted.

“It truly takes an army to save just one,” said Jo Anne.

The pleas for help never stop. Sleep is often optional. But Jo Anne and her fellow volunteers continue to save lives because they know what they’re doing truly matters.

“What keeps me motivated — my friends in rescue who are in the trenches just like I am,” said Jo Anne. “And hearing from the ones we adopted, getting pictures, seeing the difference we have made in these animals’ lives.”

And the difference Jo Anne and the PAWS volunteers have made for Brisco is obvious in these pics. Brisco now lives in a Chicago suburb and travels all over the country in an RV with his people and two doggie siblings.

“All my dogs are, and have been, rescues, and without volunteers like Jo Anne and others many dogs would not be given the opportunity to find their furever homes,” said Brisco’s new owner Nancy Kois.

Brisco the agility dog is a former shelter pup, rescued by PAWS of SWVA. He now has a very a happy home! Fetching Apparel is partnering with PAWS this month to support their mission.Fetching-Apparel.com
Brisco the agility dog is a former shelter pup, rescued by PAWS of SWVA. He now has a very a happy home! Fetching Apparel is partnering with PAWS this month to support their mission.Fetching-Apparel.com

“We actually bought the motor home because of our dogs so we can always take them with us,” explained Nancy. “Everybody always says our dogs have won the lottery.”

Brisco also goes to plenty of agility competitions where he LOVES to show off his skills.

“He’s a very smart dog and a lot of fun,” said Nancy. “He’s a very happy, spoiled dog. He has 3 different beds he can sleep on in our house.”

Brisco is a former shelter dog, rescued by PAWS of SWVA. He now has a very a happy home! Fetching Apparel is partnering with PAWS this month to support their mission.Fetching-Apparel.com
Brisco the agility dog is a former shelter pup, rescued by PAWS of SWVA. He now has a very a happy home! Fetching Apparel is partnering with PAWS this month to support their mission.Fetching-Apparel.com

Apparently the couch is not off limits either (big smile). Love this shot of Brisco cuddling with Nancy’s hubby. Brisco the former shelter dog – so very loved.

“That’s what keeps me going,” said Jo Anne.

Fetching Apparel is donating 40% of profits to PAWS of SWVA this month. Use coupon code: PAWS and you’ll get FREE SHIPPING on your order. Please check out our awesome tank tops and ball caps as you head out into the heat!

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