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Guardians of Rescue, the rescue agency which is helping to care for the Olympic Animal Sanctuary dogs, who recently arrived from Washington state to a temporary location somewhere along the Arizona-Nevada border, is reaching out for assistance with the cost for their care.

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On Thursday afternoon, the rescue agency posted a photo of several OAS dogs who were being taken out on walks, along with this comment:

The walking team at work,walking the dogs on some warm sand!
We will have an official statement and updates as soon as possible , thank you everyone you has been supporting our efforts and understanding these sensitive matters .

On Christmas night, the rescue agency addressed the staggering costs associated with caring for so many dogs:

Ok Folks, Christmas night and we need your help. The Guardians are working through the holiday to help the OAS dogs get settled and comfortable. Your donation can help sponsor a dog. We need to work fast. We have spent over $5,000 since yesterday but will need a lot more to maintain and vet all the dogs. Help these dogs get their Christmas wishes!

Exactly where the dogs are currently located remains somewhat of a mystery - all that has been stated is that the area is remote and that it is relatively warm for this time of year.

Prior to the OAS truck arrival on Tuesday, the dogs had called a 4,000 square foot warehouse in Forks, Wash., "home." The sanctuary, owned and operated by Steve Markwell, had been under close scrutiny and criticism for several months from people who worried that the conditions inside of the facility were not suitable for the many OAS canine residents.

According to the Peninsula Daily News, the OAS dogs will be kept at the temporary location until other rescue agencies can accept the dogs into their own long-term rescue/sanctuary facilities; most of the dogs cannot simply be re-homed due to behavior issues.

The task will not be easy. Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue, stated:

“We've had large rescues, and we've had complicated ones. But this is by far the largest, and most complicated rescue we have ever done,”

Individuals hoping to help Guardians of Rescue with donations and/or volunteering are asked to contact: 888-287-3864 or visit the organization's website, www.guardiansofrescue.org.

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