MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Meet Reba, Dolly, Faith, Shania and Carrie. They were rescued from an abusive situation in Shreveport, Louisiana, and were bought to Meridian to be under the temporary care of Brenda Renfrow and Betty Alexander.
“These puppies can’t speak for themselves and they don’t have anybody to actually be there to take care of them a lot of times,” Renfrow says. “Some of them are left to be hungry and no shelter whatsoever.”
The puppies were flown into Meridian by Pilots N Paws late last month. They will be taken to Connecticut by Little Black Dog Rescue on Thursday where the puppies will then be put up for adoption.
“They are taking applications right now to adopt them,” Renfrow says. “They do real thorough interviews and background checks on [the potential adopters] to make sure that the puppies are going to be in a good environment.”
With many other animals out there in need of a safe home, Renfrow and Alexander encourage people to adopt.
“I just believe more people should adopt,” Alexander says. “Go to your shelters, go to your [animal] rescue and adopt; give them a home, give them a life, give them the chance they need and I think that you’ll find out that they’ll be lovable, true companions for you.”
According to the ASPCA, there are approximately 6.5 million companion animals entering shelters across the country, with 3.3 million of those animals being dogs. There are roughly 3.2 million shelter animals adopted every year in the United States.