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Team Dyersburg animal rescue: saving hundreds of shelter animals

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | BRANDON HUTCHESON

Approximately 6.5 million animals enter shelters across the nation annually. Of the 6.5 million, roughly 1.5 million (670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats) are euthanized every year. In an attempt to save as many local animals as possible, a team of Dyersburg and Dyer County residents has banded together to foster shelter animals in an attempt to find their forever homes.

According to Team Dyersburg Rescue member Lori Via, the group has helped save hundreds of dogs in just under a year.

“We are nearing approximately 400 dogs that have been saved since last May,” remarked Via.

The group not only focuses on canines, but they also focus on saving cats as well.

“One of our team members has taken over the cat [rescue operation], and I bet she’s rescued 100 at least,” said Davis. “She’s had help from some other ladies, and they have done an excellent job.”

Davis added that the cat rescue has only been active for approximately 8 months.