(WBIR-Jacksboro) The Campbell County Animal Shelter knew they would get a surge of unwanted pets when they reopened a few weeks ago. However 40 percent over capacity was not expected.
"We knew that when we opened, we would be full in a short time. I never imagined we would full as soon as we were," said newly-hired director Mike Aiken.
That's how Jacksboro resident Michelle White felt too.
"How can a shelter fill up in 12 hours, 24 hours, 36 hours? I was at a loss at what this county was going to do," she said.
The shelter closed temporarily, after a video showed the animals were allegedly not properly euthanized.
It reopened in August under new management, even though the former director was not charged.
White and a friend took it upon themselves to help out the animals, thanks to networking and the Internet.
"You come into the shelter, you take a picture of a dog or a cat, and you send these off to these rescues and see if anyone is willing to take these animals," White explained.
She sent the photos to various shelters across the country , shelters that are breed specific, where the animals would have a better chance of being adopted.
Many of the dogs left the shelter Monday morning.
"Since Friday, they rescued 24 dogs out of our shelter. They rescued 24 lives and they've done tremendous work and I love working with them," Aiken added.
That's about half of their overall population, going from overcrowded to empty in the matter of hours.
White said it's a lot of work to transport these animals using her own time and in some cases her own money. However, she said it's work she enjoys.
"We could not be happier," White smiled.
Animals taking part will go to shelters in six northern U.S. states.