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Seeking homes

Pet rescue groups in North Dakota rounded up dogs at Fort Yates, and a number of the dogs are available for adoption in Jamestown, according to representatives of Prairie Paws Rescue and the James River Humane Society.

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Pet rescue groups in North Dakota rounded up dogs at Fort Yates, and a number of the dogs are available for adoption in Jamestown, according to representatives of Prairie Paws Rescue and the James River Humane Society.

"It was an overwhelming experience," said Kris Meidinger, dog manager for the Humane Society. "Mostly strays, but we do have some people who relinquished their dogs."

Volunteers from rescue groups worked with law enforcement and wildlife officers gathering stray dogs from the streets, she said.

Meidinger said the pet rescue groups go to Fort Yates about four times per year. Saturday, the organizations came away with 38 dogs that were divided among the groups which will try to find the animals permanent homes.

"We try to get as many rescue groups involved as possible," Meidinger said. "We're trying to get them (the dogs) out of bad situations and into good homes."

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Among the dogs the Humane Society is seeking a home for is Molly, an Australian shepherd mix and her five puppies. Molly and her pups were found outdoors under a deck and their owners relinquished them to the rescue groups.

They also are looking for homes for Princess, Foxy and Tia, all larger adult mixed-breed dogs.

Prairie Paws Rescue is seeking homes for six mixed-breed dogs from Fort Yates, according to Kaye John, one of the founders of Prairie Paws.

John said all the dogs gathered at Fort Yates in the past have been well socialized and friendly to people and other dogs.

"They're good natured," she said. "That's a bonus."

In addition to the dogs from Fort Yates, Prairie Paws is seeking homes for a number of dogs from the Minot area in cooperation with a pet rescue organization there.

"People are leaving their dogs behind when they leave the Bakken (oil field)," John said.

Pets available for adoption through Prairie Paws will be displayed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tractor Supply Co. store in Jamestown.

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More information on the available pets is available at www.jamesriverhumanesociety.org and www.prairiepawsrescue.com .

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