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Placement Partners program, whose goal is to place healthy animals up for adoption. These organizations offer food, medical treatment, sterilization, shelter and other services to prevent animals from being euthanized. “This was the first time there was such a large delivery,” said ACHS dog kennel manager Candice Green. “We’re hoping to participate in more in the future.” After receiving the dogs, the first order of business for ACHS staff and volunteers was to assess the animals’ health and process their intake forms. ACHS received 14 dogs from the Arkansas rescue mission. One of them was pregnant. “They were still in rather rough shape when we got them,” explained Chrissy Sedgley, director of shelter operations at ACHS. “A lot of them are very fearful and seem malnourished. They had little to no socialization.” The ACHS Facebook page posted a video showing the dogs’ living conditions in the suspected puppy mill, including dark lighting and cramped cages. Many of the dogs had matted hair and were covered in feces, Sedgley said. ACHS works quickly to improve rescue dogs’ health and place them in foster care to help with socialization. “We’ve had a couple of really happy endings” with the Arkansas rescue dogs, Sedgley said. Fostering is good not only for animals, Sedgley observed, but also for people. It enables college students and others who are not ready to adopt a pet to enjoy the benefits of companionship with a dog or cat without the long-term commitment. ACHS provides the food, supplies and medications for foster animals and foster families provide shelter and love. Sedgley said that hundreds of families currently offer foster services through ACHS. “The more foster homes we have the more animals we can take in because they are not taking up kennel space in our shelter,” Sedgley said. “We’re always looking for fosters or volunteers who can come to the shelter.” For 15 years Alachua County Animal Services has worked closely with ACHS and other local rescue groups to reduce euthanizations. Together they have helped the county shelter achieve a live-release rate

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