St. Albert puppies from viral video find forever homes

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Dozens of other dogs in need of adoption

The two rescue dogs featured in a St. Albert video that went viral this week have forever homes lined up – but there are hundreds of other dogs who don’t have the benefit of viral publicity.

Security footage from Barker’s Pet Motel in St. Albert that spread across the Internet shows one of the dogs boarded there – a six-year-old Australian shepherd named Maggie – break out of her kennel to be near two puppies, Kari and Hannah.

Kennel owner Sandi Aldred said she had gone to dinner with her family – who all work at the kennel – and checked the security footage remotely. They saw that one dog had escaped its enclosure, and Aldred’s daughter Anna Cain knew the dog was a recently adopted rescue dog who had just weaned a litter of her own.

“We thought that was really sweet,” she said. “We came back to check, and she was laying outside their room but she ran up to me, brought me back to their room, so I opened up the door and we all went in.”

It didn’t take long to see that the three dogs all wanted to be together, so Aldred let them stay in the same pen for the rest of the night.

“They were all cuddled up together in the morning,” she said.

Maggie’s owners picked her up the next day, so their time together was very short, but the popularity of the story helped the two puppies quickly find homes.

The story, which was posted to the kennel’s Facebook page, has been widely shared and has now appeared in news outlets as far away as the United States and the United Kingdom, and inquiries about the dogs came flooding in as well. While these two puppies will be adopted, animal rescue societies in the province have plenty more dogs out there that need foster care and adoptive homes.

“They came from the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew,” Aldred’s daughter Anna Cain said. “We’ll take in dogs from them if they don’t have any room available in their foster homes.”

She said these two puppies likely would have quickly found homes regardless, but older dogs that are being fostered aren’t always so lucky.

“The puppies seem to go really fast, but it’s mostly the adult dogs … some of them stick around for years in rescue,” Cain said. “Puppies go pretty quickly most of the time, but the cute story definitely helps.”

Cain’s brother Alex Aldred said fostering rescue dogs is a tough, often thankless job and those who do it have to struggle with the fact there’s only so much they can do.

“It’s a really tough job,” he said. “You can’t keep them all, even though you want to.”

To see the dozens of dogs available for rescue, or to learn more about fostering, visit the Second Chance Animal Rescue Society web page at www.scarscare.ca or the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society page at www.aarcs.ca.

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