Adoptable dogs return to Salem shelter

Feb. 18 – SALEM, NH – Eight dogs rescued from high-mortality shelters in Florida were welcomed to Salem with open arms over the weekend.

It was the first transport to arrive at Salem Animal Rescue League in seven months due to pandemic challenges and disruptive construction nearby, according to executive director Jinelle Hobson.

“It’s so nice to hear from dogs again,” Hobson said Thursday, as they were medically cleared and assessed by canine steward Katie Corso.

Corso says the dogs, male and female, range in size from 15 to 80 pounds.

“It’s hard to know the breeds without a DNA test, but I can say for sure that we have a German Shepherd and a little terrier,” she said. “As far as temperament and demeanor, they’re all great.”

Adoption requests and interest persisted despite the months of absence. In the past week alone, Hobson said 11 people inquired.

State laws require a 48-hour quarantine before animals can be seen by a veterinarian. Once they’re deemed healthy, Corso says she spends time with each to learn more about their temperament and preferences. basically what kind of home environment they would thrive in.

According to Hobson, the shelter can handle a dozen dogs at a time. Hosting more is only possible if volunteers offer to host. Only three families are currently affected.

Anyone interested must be a resident of New Hampshire.

More specific information on available dogs is expected online at sarlnh.org this week. Appointments are required to visit.

Bette C. Alvarado