(May 28, 2014) – RedRover, a California-based nonprofit organization, has deployed volunteers from Canada and the United States to provide volunteer support at a temporary shelter for more than 200 dogs and puppies rescued from unsanitary and dangerous conditions on a private property in the Estrie region of Quebec.

RedRover was invited to assist Humane Society International under the authority of Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ) along with SPA Estrie in their efforts to remove and safely shelter for the 200 rescued dogs.

RedRover Responders volunteers have already traveled from parts of Canada and the United States to care for the rescued animals at the temporary shelter. More volunteers will arrive later this week.

Distinguished by their red shirts, RedRover Responders volunteers are specially trained to care for and shelter large numbers of animals after they have been rescued from cruelty and neglect. RedRover has nearly 3,000 active volunteers in Canada and the United States. They provide the workforce, free of charge, which enables local animal control and law enforcement agencies to respond to large-scale animal cruelty cases.

“RedRover’s volunteer team is recognized all over North America for its ability to give neglected and abused animals loving human contact, often for the first time in their lives,” said RedRover President and CEO Nicole Forsyth. “RedRover’s free emergency sheltering services support local agencies that otherwise might not be able to respond to such large animal cruelty cases due to lack of resources and staff.”

About the intervention
When law enforcement arrived on the property they found a variety of small breed dogs, including bichons and Pomeranians. Dogs were found inside a facility caged in unsanitary conditions. Many were discovered with infections as well as skin and eye issues.

All of the animals are currently being housed at a temporary shelter location where they have been examined by veterinarians and receive any necessary immediate medical care. RedRover Responders volunteers were specifically requested to provide much-needed socialization and affection to the neglected dogs and puppies. MAPAQ, Humane Society International and RedRover will care for the animals until they are placed with placement partners for adoption.

About RedRover
Founded in 1987, the mission of RedRover is to bring animals out of crisis and strengthen the bond between people and animals through emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education. Learn more at RedRover.org.

Media contact
Leili Khalessi
Communications Manager
916.429.2457 ext. 314



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