Simply put, our community has more animals than available homes. In 2014, 5,140 animals were euthanized at the Anderson County PAWS shelter alone. There are several other shelters in the area with similarly high rates of euthanization.
Many northern states, however, have much stricter spay and neuter laws, and therefore do not have as many dogs needing homes. The rescues we work with take dogs of any breed and age, and are committed to finding good homes (conducting veterinary reference checks, home visits, etc). Sending these dogs up north gives them a chance at finding a family that they don’t have here.