The Ketchikan Humane Society reports having placed 35 dogs with families that otherwise might have joined the 500 or so abandoned animals the Ketchikan Gateway Borough's Animal Protection Department puts to sleep every year.
"We cannot claim to be a civilized place if we allow dogs to die in the gutter because we haven't dealt with the problem" said Ernesta Ballard, a Humane Society board member, who addressed the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce during its weekly luncheon meeting Wednesday.
Ballard, along with Ginny Eiseman, Gretchen Moore, Dan Walton and Bill Elberson, organized the society to give dogs a second shot at finding a family.
The Humane Society, which operates out of Groomingdale's Pet Resort, takes in dogs in need of a new home. Ballard says the organization can't help every dog.
"We try to figure out whether there is a prospect of the dog being trained," she said.