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Russell when he was at the shelter
Russell when he was at the shelter
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On June 21, a plea was written for a terrified dog named "Russell," who was surrendered with six other dogs to the Carroll County Animal Shelter in Carrollton, Ky. Shortly after the story was published, it was picked up by Yahoo News, and the rest, as they say, is history.

One day after being published, Russell (aka Rosalind) was rescued by the non-profit rescue organization, Stray Animal Adoption Program (SAAP). On Monday afternoon, Tammie L Crawford, Director of Carroll Co Animal Support, INC., wrote to the National Dog News Examiner to share "the rest of the story."

I just wanted to let you ladies know of the awesome response we got from Penny's article. We had calls from all over the US including Alaska, Afghanistan, & Africa. I was contacted by the Today show and The Guardian newspaper from London. We had over 7 pages of phone calls to return, over 2800 emails to answer and his/her pic was shared over 3000 times. The outpouring of offers to help Russell have been tremendous to say the least.

I am sure you both know that we found out that Russell was in fact, a female. Her name is now Rosalind Russell and she has her own Facebook Page #doglovedroundtheworld, she even made Pinterest. The rescue that took her, SAAP, also took 5 other dogs, 2 of which came in with Rosalind Russell. Three others are leaving for another rescue this Wednesday and the last one has a possbile adoption.

But the best news of all, I received an anonymous donation to have all the dogs at the shelter (15) completely vetted so that they would be adopted or rescued. So because of Cathy contacting Penny, all of our dogs will be safe. Now I just need to find the rescues and fosters to hold the dogs until we can get them vetted and transported.

Networking saves lives - thanks to everyone who has taken the time to network on behalf of a shelter dog.

Story about Russell's rescue here.

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