A love of pets has been passed down from generation to generation in Shelly Bookwalter’s family. Raised in a multiple-dog home by parents who often rescued Rovers from the roadside, today Bookwalter spends her days finding homes for humans as a real estate agent and forever families for Fidos as a dog rescuer– a passionate pursuit for the past 16 years which she shares with her husband and son.
The dogs at the DeSoto Animal County Shelter may not have a place to live, but each one has a home in Bookwalter’s heart. Having found themselves at the end of the road, Bookwalter’s treks to the high-kill facility are a matter of life and death for the dogs, who many times are just hours away from being put to sleep. Taking on full financial responsibility for her rescues, the real estate agent/animal advocate continues to help the canines by placing their faces on Petfinder.com, reviewing and contacting prospective pet parents and– with the help of faithful foster families and P.E.T.S LLC founder Kyle Peterson, who since 2004 has transported almost 30,000 tail-waggers from southern states where spaying/neutering pets is less prevalent to new families in northern US states– pooches are put on a path to a brighter future.
Each year approximately 650 dogs are given a new lease on life thanks to the efforts of Shelly Bookwalter. Watch the chronicle of her canine-saving mission when Last Chance Highway premieres on Animal Planet on June 19, 2010 at 8 E/P:
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