ORANGE, Conn (WTNH) — In Tyler, Texas, twenty-three dogs got ready for a ride toward a new life.
“A lot of dogs. We wouldn’t have the opportunity to save if we didn’t have this outlet to take them to,” said Tessa Fuller.
The dogs would be euthanized if it wasn’t for the journey to Connecticut.
Lax spay and neuter laws in East Texas have led to an overabundance of dogs.
In the northeast, stricter laws have meant there aren’t as many stray and unwanted pets.
So, the journey began.
1,592 miles and thirty-eight hours, including a lot of potty breaks.
The trip also included quite a bit of quality time together.
“I can tell you the personality of every-single one on the van today,” said Fuller.
Fuller makes the trip every single month.
Finally, in Orange, Connecticut, came the meeting that made the long ride so worth it.
Rachel Hanna is taking some dogs back to her home.
“It’s important. We wanna give a great start to those animals that need a home,” said Hanna.
One last stop was made in New Milford, Connecticut at “beCAUSE 4 PAWS.”
After a warm bath, the dogs are now waiting for a loving family to adopt them.
“Here in Connecticut, there are so many people who wanna adopt pets and you guys are just so good at keeping that population at the correct levels that we are able to give you some of ours and give them a second chance at home,” said Fuller.