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Save a life: Adopt from Wood County Dog Shelter

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Griffin, one of the dogs available for adoption at the shelter. Griffin, one of the dogs available for adoption at the shelter.
WOOD COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Hundreds of dogs have been euthanized at the Wood County Dog Shelter over the past two years, but the warden is trying to change that.

This year's adoption rate is only at 75 percent. So far this year, 25 dogs have been put to sleep. Last year, 168 dogs were euthanized.

The majority of those dogs were deemed unadoptable, and the Wood County Dog Warden says they could have been put down for issues like age, or lack of space at the shelter. Too often, though, he says it's because no one knew they were there to begin with. That could change with the help of a brand new program.

"With volunteers, they are able to take pictures of dogs on a regular basis," Chief Dog Warden Andrew Snyder said.

The volunteers can post pictures of the adoptable dogs on websites like Petfinder and Facebook.

"We try to network, and try to find rescue groups for them," explained Nora Solomon, a volunteer that goes to the shelter on her lunch breaks to take pictures.

Solomon says she helps with the small things that the warden doesn't have time to do.

"It's the best way for me to spend my lunch break, and it's so rewarding when the dogs find homes," she said. "They've been let down, and people should come to the dog warden to help give them a good life."

So far, volunteers have helped place one dog at a local rescue.

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