CHHS gives new hope to 42 dogs in biggest rescue in years

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On February 11, the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society conducted its largest rescue mission since 2018.

The CHHS Animal Rescue team traveled to Pickens, South Carolina to provide assistance at a large-scale 166-dog puppy mill. Anderson County PAWS staff were on the scene and their director, Dr. Kim Sanders, contacted CHHS Executive Director David Stroud for assistance.

A total of 42 dogs, mostly puppies, were brought back to the Blue Ridge Mountains for a safe haven and the promise of a new life in loving forever homes.

“We have been great friends with Kim and her team for several years,” Stroud said. “We are always happy to help them when they call. This is our third rescue with them in the last three years, but by far the biggest. In fact, this is the largest rescue we’ve been involved in since evacuating the Outer Banks SPCA of 72 animals on the eve of Hurricane Florence in 2018.”

In addition to the size of the rescue, what is also noteworthy are the breeds and breed mixes that CHHS brought back to the mountains.

“Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Goldendoodles and a few others. Some appear to be purebreds, others are mixed breeds,” Stroud said. “A lot of these types of dogs and puppies are breeds we barely see. , if ever, in our refuge without killing.”

Of the 42 dogs, 33 are at the CHHS Canine Adoption Center and the remaining nine dogs were taken to PAWS Bryson City in Swain County. Thirty of the 33 dogs at CHHS are puppies, some as young as six weeks old, and the other three dogs are between one and three years old. All dogs are currently receiving all necessary veterinary care and will soon be scheduled for spaying. Once they’re fixed, they’ll be ready for their new homes forever. Interested adopters are encouraged to complete the adoption application on the CHHS website at chhumanesociety.org. Adoptions will be first come, first approved. For more information, please call the CHHS Shelter at 828-743-5752.

CHHS Shelter Manager Kaitlyn Moss Villarreal with one of the puppies.
CEO of CHHS, David Stroud
CHHS Chief Executive David Stroud with one of the puppies.
(LR) Anderson County PAWS Director & Veterinarian Dr Kim Sanders, CHHS Assistant Manager Jodi Henkel, PAWS Bryson City Executive Director Beth Stroud, CHHS Executive Director David Stroud, CHHS Shelter Manager Kaitlyn Moss Villarreal
(LR) Anderson County PAWS Director & Veterinarian Dr Kim Sanders, CHHS Assistant Manager Jodi Henkel, PAWS Bryson City Executive Director Beth Stroud, CHHS Executive Director David Stroud, CHHS Shelter Manager Kaitlyn Moss Villarreal

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