Lorri Caffrey, the Verona resident who is the executive director of the Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter, has announced that the shelter is helping to rescue more than 350 animals from an overcrowded shelter in El Paso, Texas. The rescue, which will transport the animals to New Jersey, California and Wisconsin, is being supported by the Bissell Pet Foundation, Animal Rescue Corps, University of Florida’s Maddie Shelter Medicine Program, City of El Paso Animal Services and others.
Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter will be looking to place an estimated 130 dogs. Jessica Garrison, its manager, is traveling to El Paso, to chaperone the flight back to Morristown on Friday, July 2. Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter says that shelters from as far away as Rhode Island are joining it to receive the dogs.
“We are happy to be a partner in this life-saving operation,” says Caffrey. “New Jersey is no stranger to pets in need, which is why we look to take in animals locally as much as possible. There are times, however, when we receive an S.O.S. from overcrowded shelters around the country and we are in a position to help them. We are grateful to Bissell Pet Foundation who is working to save animals in crisis. When we work together, we can save more lives.”