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Animal Control low on animals
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Animal Control employee Tara LaBeau hoses out one of the empty pens Tuesday. Due to rescue and adoption efforts, Animal Control is enjoying a good problem. The facility has a low number of animals.
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Taco is a black and tan hound mix with lots of love to give to a new family. He is currently one of the few pets available for adoption at Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center. - photo by Nikki Childers

The pitter patter of paws is a much quieter sound at Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center as of Saturday.

A rescue group named Lucky Paws Animal Assistance made its monthly stop to help transport nine dogs from Animal Control to its facility in New Jersey. The rescue group also gave away cat and dog food to local residents in need.

Lucky Paws has been working with Animal Control for around two years to help mitigate burgeoning pet populations. This left Animal Control with just a few dogs and a single cat to start the week.

The 501(c)3 organization, owned and operated by Danielle and Justin Crane, pulls animals from Tennessee shelters to be taken to the northern United States where stray pets are not an issue and adoption rates are much higher.

“We want to help them, my heart is just stuck there,” said Danielle Crane of how she got her start with helping dogs in Warren County, “We were driving down after a vacation and a group we work with up north needed us to pick up some dogs. Now every once in a while I connect with Sherri (Bradley) and she gives me a list of available dogs.”

Sherri Bradley is director of Warren County Animal Control.

Lucky Paws operates by coordinating with other rescues in its area. It is a reality for many pets in rural shelters to be there for months at a time before they’re adopted while they often wait minimally before moving onto new homes in northern states.

Not only does Lucky Paws take dogs who haven’t had as much attention from prospective adopters, it also takes some of the hard cases such as heartworm-positive dogs who require specialized care and expensive vet treatments to recover.

Bradley revealed the past year had seen a marked improvement for Animal Control in how many animals went from their care and into forever homes. Of the 553 cats and dogs taken in from January 2020 to December 2020, there were 277 adopted out locally, 213 were taken via transport with Lucky Paws or pulled by other rescue organizations, and 48 have been reunited with their owners. 

Only a handful of animals remain at Animal Control, although the number was growing by Tuesday with a new dog and new cat accepted by the facility.

Those wishing to inquire about those animals, or to volunteer, may contact Animal Control at (931) 507-3647.