A Dog's Journey Home Episode 2 - Buffalo, NY

Scott and Tracy from TracysDogs have an exacting mission for their adoption program - "To make sure when that dog leaves this property, on that trailer, and arrives in a city somewhere across the country, that is the last time that dog will ever have to go to a city shelter. We want to make sure that match is perfect."

The matching effort that happens between the rescue from the shelter and the delivery of a dog to their new family is the engine that drives the entire adoption process. The adoption team supervises a detailed effort that includes speaking with every applicant, completing a detailed questionnaire, and making sure the applicants get matched with the right dog.

Matching rescued dogs to new owners without them ever meeting, seeing, or touching each other is a tricky calculation. The dedicated TracysDogs team works extremely hard to make sure every adoption candidate is qualified and that the location, family situation, and temperament of both the dog and the family is taken into consideration. Kerry Nelson leads the matching process and Scott raves about her uncanny knack for knowing what will work. "The return rate is less than 2%," Scott explains proudly, "and I think that is monumental when you are talking about over 4,000 dogs."

Tracy leads the effort to pull the dogs out of the shelters and for her it is a constant battle between head and heart. There is only so much space at the TracysDogs facility and more dogs at the shelter than the team could possibly place. Each visit is filled with gut wrenching decisions. "Homer is a puppy I found lying in waste with his siblings on top of him," Tracy remembers. "I thought he was going to die. The van was full but I can't leave the puppy there. I didn't want him to die like that."

Tracy's picks from the shelter receive a couple of weeks of loving care, feeding, vaccinations and socialization. The last week is especially frenzied as the team prepares the 62 pups on this trip for their journey. When travel day arrives, Scott's daughters, Jen and Sarah, veterans of many trips, are on board for the 1,650 mile ride to Buffalo, and the long awaited meeting with their new forever families.

To learn more about TracysDogs, visit them at: https://www.tracysdogs.com/

This original video is produced by Dani Guitelman, shot by Fanny Texier, and edited by Kellie Sieban.

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