Bedford County Animal Control sent a total of 406 dogs to homes in other parts of the country during 2012 as part of the Rescue Waggin' program run by PetSmart Charities.
The Rescue Waggin' program accepts dogs from parts of the country where there is a surplus of homeless animals and transports them to shelters in other parts of the country where they are more likely to be adopted. It transported more than 10,700 dogs nationwide during 2012.
Rescue Waggin' is scheduled to make its next pickup from BCAC on Thursday.
Bedford County Animal Control handled the care of about 1,169 dogs and cats last year, and PetSmart Charities assisted in other ways as well, according to BCAC director Christina Tucker.
"When we receive a litter, we also can get the mother and father fixed for free, thanks to other grants from PetSmart Charities," said Tucker. "This helps our long-term goals of eliminating the euthanasia of unwanted animals."
Since joining the Rescue Waggin' program, Bedford County Animal Control has received $20,200 in grant support from PetSmart Charities for the installation of an open-option window as well as additional cat condos in the cat adoption room, new beds added to the kennels in an entire dog section and the purchase and installation of an industrial washer and dryer.
"Until people spay and neuter their pets and we can reduce the number of animals entering shelters, the Rescue Waggin' program will continue to be a resource to change the fate of homeless dogs in their communities," said Steve Pawlowski of PetSmart Charities.