KODIAK (AP) — The Kodiak animal shelter is reaching out to other shelters around Alaska to find extra dogs for the island community, which has seen low numbers of adoptable pets recently.
The first dog transferred to the town became available for adoption this week.
Kyla, a 2-year-old sled dog, arrived earlier this month from the Kenai animal shelter, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported.
“She is a very sweet dog and her personality is phenomenal,” Kodiak shelter manager Jean Lilly said. “She gives kisses and loves to play.”
Lilly said Kyla was being spayed Friday and was up for a possible adoption next week.
Pets will be transferred to Kodiak as they are available and as space is available on flights because the transportation is donated.
Lilly said the shelter began reaching out to other shelters, as well as rescue groups, about the pet-transfer effort in November. The Kodiak shelter is currently working with two rescue groups about other possible transfers, according to Lilly.
The Kodiak shelter is particularly interested in working with shelters where animals that can’t be adopted are killed.
The Kodiak shelter won’t be searching for specific breeds but will try to get pets based on a long waiting list of locals looking for pets.
“If you come in and get on the wait list and have a specific breed in mind, we’ll take that into consideration,” Lilly said. “We’ll try to fulfill our wait list as much as possible while helping the kill shelters so another dog doesn’t have to be put down.”