Hundreds line up to adopt dogs rescued in Hanover County


After rescuing nearly 70 dogs from deplorable conditions last month, Hanover County held an Adoption Day where dozens of pups found their forever homes.

Back in May, nearly 70 wounded, dogs were rescued from unhealthy living conditions at a woman’s home.

“A lot of feces, urine, hair was all throughout the house,” Chief Jeffrey Parker Hanover County Animal Control said.

33-year-old Stephanie Saunders is now facing several charges.

Two months later, the dogs were ready to find their new forever home.


“We have nurtured them back to health,” Parker said. “They’ve come a long way. They’ve grown. They’ve probably tripled in size since we’ve had them in our custody and today is the big day they’ll find good forever homes, hopefully.”

Kim Curry was first in line at the shelter on Wednesday. She lined up at 10 p.m. Tuesday, hoping to take home one of the chocolate Labrador Retriever puppies.

97A8EED2350444A99DE95CF72F996147“I don’t like to see any dog mistreated, whether it’s neglected or abused, but we’re going to change that,” Curry said. “There’s a lot of people here and when they can’t get an animal here, I suggest they go somewhere else because it’s important.”

The adoption day was a special day for Tara and Kyle Bowles. A year ago, Tara was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“I just finished chemo,” she said. “And I remember last year we said once I’m feeling better and we’re done with the whole cancer thing that we’re going to add new life to our family and get a puppy.”

Adoption Day at Hanover County Animal Shelter
8News Reporter Roxie Bustamante meets “Roxie.”

Her husband was in line by 1 a.m. They walked into the shelter together when the doors opened and walked out with one of the rescued puppies.

“I mean, you can’t beat this,” said Kyle Bowles, who added that he and his wife named their new family member after 8News Reporter Roxie Bustamante. “We’re smiling. We’re happy and this dog is getting a great home and we’re getting new life in our home. This is the best.”

A local business, Woofy Wellness, also offered free training for the dogs that were adopted. Founder Jeff Kellogg said they offer services to any family that adopts to help the dogs transition.

The line outside the animal shelter on Wednesday wrapped around the building, and with 123 families registered before the doors opened at 10 a.m., the staff opened the adoption day to all of its animals.

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