Dozens of rescue dogs find new homes at mass adoption event at Vancouver airport (PHOTOS)

Sep 23 2019, 2:36 pm

For the volunteers at Vancouver-based Thank Dog I Am Out Rescue (TDIAO), Saturday was like Christmas morning.

Months of planning, organizing and stress culminated in this emotional event: the arrival of 40 shelter dogs at Landmark Aviation at Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal.

This summer, Thank Dog I Am Out staff and volunteers went to California to fetch the pups from high-intake shelters (also known as high-kill shelters), meaning the animals were mostly candidates for euthanasia.

After a temporary stay at a ranch in California, the brood was transported to BC. Since arriving more than a month ago, they were housed temporarily at Canine Valley Dog Training in Squamish, vetted by animal professionals, and underwent personality assessments and training.

On Saturday, the dogs arrived to YVR via special coach buses and were greeted by people who were pre-approved to adopt.

Dozens of dogs, including small and medium-sized mixed breeds, were adopted.

Here’s a look at the newly-arrived gang:

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Thank Dog I Am Out Rescue

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Around 10 dogs did not meet their perfect adopter, and are available through the group’s website.

“These dogs may be a little older or have suffered deeper trauma or working through a few more issues but these beautiful souls deserve their second chance at a new life just like they all do,” the group wrote on Facebook.

Save 40 Dogs is not the first event for the non-profit group.  TDIAO has been holding similar events since 2013, excluding 2018: 2017 saw 80 dogs adopted, 120 dogs adopted in 2016.

Visit Thank Dog I Am Out to learn more about the campaign and check out all the adoptable dogs.