Rescue network brings adoptable dogs to Minnesota

Published 9:48 am Tuesday, February 21, 2017

MANKATO — A volunteer with a southern Minnesota animal shelter has set up a rescue network to bring dogs from overburdened shelters in Texas to Minnesota, where they may have a better chance of finding a home.

Diane Lucantonio, a volunteer with the Blue Earth Nicollet County Humane Society, started the network by reaching out to humane societies throughout Minnesota. She selects adoptable dogs in Texas, then raises money to bring them to Minnesota from their current shelters, where they could be euthanized.

“I consider them all my dogs,” Lucantonio said. “I follow up with them all the way to the end.”

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According to a press release, Lucantonio has already brought about 100 dogs from Texas to Mankato since last July.

Susan Kroon, president of the Blue Earth Nicollet County Humane Society board of directors, said the network works because there are fewer dogs in need in Minnesota compared with the South, where there might be different views about pet ownership.

Kroon also said that different types of dogs are popular in different regions. For example, a homeless Chihuahua might not be adopted for months in California, but might find a home in days in Minnesota, where fewer small dogs are available.

“We do it because they are there, and they need help,” Kroon said of the rescue network. “It’s not like there are 45 needy dogs here that we turn away.”