Shoshone pet rescue 'approved' to save Gooding strays

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GOODING, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - The city of Gooding recently got a new dog pound. Now, they officially have their first approved rescue.

"There are so many animals out there — either they're abandoned or they take off, they get lost and have no where to go," said Ann Parker, volunteer.

Now they do. A Road To Home can now rescue stray animals from the Gooding pound that only holds a dog for a maximum of 72 hours.

Founded in Shoshone, the nonprofit organization is the main source of animal rescue for Lincoln County.

"Basically, we take the homeless or shelter dogs, find them a permanent home locally or send them out to other rescues or no kill shelters," said Susie Petersen, co-founder of A Road To Home residing in Gooding.

This week, Petersen gained approval from the Gooding city council board to pull animals from the Gooding dog pound to make sure every pet has a chance at finding a home.

The rescue is a home based foster.

"We have a group of probably 20-25 volunteers that foster, transport, do whatever's needed," said Petersen.

"I happen to be one of those people that I won't let them be hurt," Parker said.

When they adopt out a rescue pet, they execute a home visit, have the potential owner sign a contract, and make sure the pet is spayed or neutered and up to date with vaccinations before sending them off. These are things a dog pound currently does not require.

The rescue is funded by donations or pocket money. Despite the pet's health, they work to save their life.

"Police pick one up that's injured, they notify me, I call a vet," Petersen described an instance. "They immediately—IMMEDIATELY—have medical attention. If we have to foot the bill, we will foot that bill."

As part of their fundraising, they will host a garage sale this Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds in Shoshone.

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