This story has been updated.
HARRISON, N.Y. -- Harrison Pet Rescue is busier than normal this month, so it's holding an unexpected "dog and puppy meet and greet" on Sunday at 7 Harrison Ave. near the Harrison-Mamaroneck border.
Three weeks ago, Pet Rescue credited Daily Voice readers with adopting more than half of the 46 dogs -- including 25 puppies -- that the Harrison shelter rescued from a "high kill" shelter in the south, according to Caroline Walker, a volunteer at the non-profit agency.
The latest round of adopted hounds is so new that many haven't been named yet, Walker said: "But they are all family dogs, rescued because they have nice temperaments and deserve happy homes."
According to Walker, last Sunday's rescue was from West Virginia and a new transport of rescued animals, arriving on Saturday, is from Virginia. "We're changing lives four paws at a time,'' Walker said.
Pet Rescue volunteer Ruth Frumkin said, "Some are from shelters, some are picked up as strays and never claimed, others come from abusive situations where they would have died and the owners were persuaded to give them up. It really varies greatly. All would not have survived.”
Last Sunday's rescue included: Ozzie, an 18-pound male found on a four-lane highway; a spayed, 18-month-old female, shepherd mix good with children; a young male husky mix; neutered male schnauzer weighing 18 pounds; female terriers; a 6-year-old Aussie named Willis; a doxie mix; spaniel mix; a variety of puppies; and Duncan, a young well-behaved male who is good with other dogs. Duncan is one of least three dogs surrendered by their owners, Walker said.
Sunday's open house runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. If interested in adopting a dog, Walker asks that prospective owners complete an application online here beforehand. Applications will not be accepted at the event, she said.
Dogs can be adopted or taken into foster care. There also are cats at the Harrison facility.
Pet Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal rescue organization founded in 1982, whose mission is to aid homeless and abused cats and dogs, provide necessary medical care and find them loving, forever homes. The group has rescued more than 15,000 animals and opened its new facility in Harrison last summer.
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