Local teen working to find shelter dogs "forever" homes

(WEAU) - According to the Humane Society of the United States, about 3 to 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized every year.

Yet, one local girl is looking to stop that trend by helping dogs that need a home.

17-year-old Taylar Dalbec of Black River Falls has been volunteering with the Jackson County animal shelter for 6 years now.
Her mission is to work with individual dogs so they get the home they've always wanted.

"I volunteer here because I want to make a difference," said Taylar Dalbec,

For Taylar Dalbec saving a dog's life is one of her priorities.

“I want to take dogs that really need to find homes and be able to be their guardian angel that helps them find it,” said Dalbec.

Her project now is helping a pitbull named Red, find a family.

"I chose to work with Red because he's been here. Since December 21st of 2012, that means he's been in here the longest amount of time,” said Dalbec.

"With the help of her teaching that one dog, it leaves here a lot smarter than when they come in," said Barb Pfaff, Jackson County Animal Shelter.

After only working with Red an hour, he's learned how to shake.

"Shake. Good boy. I found that much like in school if you take one dog at a time and tutor him or kind of teach him for an hour or so a day, he learns faster than taking out multiple dogs and spending 15 minutes each with them," said Dalbec.

Taylar says she networks online and calls other rescue groups to find the right fit for each dog.

“Yes I love you too,” said Dalbec.

Barb Pfaff with the animal shelter says there are other local kids helping the animals.

"We have this many kids that are currently coming to the shelter and signed waivers to come into the shelter without their parents involved,” said Pfaff.

Meanwhile, Taylar's saved countless animals like Unique.

"Came in with a broken back and a crushed pelvis, and was near death as I’ve ever seen a dog," said Dalbec.

She hopes to save Red from being euthanized.

"You're destroying a personality. You're not just destroying a possible future, your destroying that whole life that the dog had. It’s only because someone didn't care enough to take them out. It hurts to see that," said Dalbec.

For more information on Red or other animals at Jackson County Animal Shelter call: (715) 284-0251


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