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Dogs Displaced From Shelter Crash Up for Adoption in Dover

Posted: Jul 11, 2017 8:18 PM Updated:
Boris is among the four dogs brought to the Brandywine Valley SPCA's adoption center in Dover. Boris is among the four dogs brought to the Brandywine Valley SPCA's adoption center in Dover.

DOVER, Del. -- Four dogs displaced after a shelter in New Castle County was shuttered after a car crashed into it and a fire broke out were relocated to Dover for adoption this week.

The dogs arrived at the Brandywine Valley SPCA's adoption center in the PetSmart on U.S. Route 13 on Monday after they were among the 98 cats and canines evacuated from the organization's New Castle shelter.

On Sunday, a car crashed into the New Castle shelter, starting a fire. The driver and three cats died in the incident and the building remains shuttered until further notice.

But the four dogs brought to the Dover adoption center on Monday were in good spirits, said Kristina Keeley, an adoption counselor with the Brandywine Valley SPCA. 

Keeley said the adoption office has fielded a number of phone calls asking about adopting the displaced dogs.

"It's great knowing the community is coming together to help out," she said.

Keeley said more dogs from the New Castle location could eventually end up in Dover as space frees up from adoptions.

The large majority of the displaced animals have ended up at the Brandywine Valley SPCA's shelter in Pennsylvania, though some of them could soon be heading to Sussex County.

Walt Fenstermacher, the BVSPCA's director of operations, said adoptions are doubly important after the crash at the New Castle location. He said freeing up space will be critical for the displaced animals but also for the cats and dogs that would normally be given to the Northern Delaware shelter.

"They don't have anywhere else to go," he said. "That's why making sure we're placing animals into new homes through adoption so we have that open space at each of our shelters to take in the animals that would be going to the New Castle County shelter."

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