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Puppies get second chance at life

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A group of lucky pups are now looking for loving homes. They were rescued from Southern California shelters just in time to escape euthanasia. Tamara Lindstrom tells us about the new arrivals in Tompkins County hoping to get a home for the holidays.

TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. -- They may not know the fate they just escaped, but these LA pups are happy enough on their latest adventure.

"They're trying to transition the City of Los Angeles to no kill and unfortunately, because of the scope of the problem, really the only chance for them to be successful is to transfer them out of the community," said Jim Bouderau, executive director of the Tompkins County SPCA.

Twenty dogs, all less than 20 pounds and under three years old, were rescued by the Best Friends Animal Society. The Tompkins County SPCA took them in and will help them find new homes, while the little ones adjust to their new environment.

"The temperature between Los Angeles and Ithaca is very different. So we want to make sure they are warm and happy in their new homes," Bouderau said.

That means they'll go home with donations of lots of new clothes and a new bed, hopefully, in time for the holidays.

"A lot of people have time off from work. It's a great time to bring a pet into the home because you've got time to dedicate to maybe housebreaking them, getting them adjusted to the new environment," Bouderau said. "So we always find that at this time of year, there's a great need for adoptions and people willing to adopt."

But as cute as they are wrapped up in holiday colors, Bouderau cautions not to give animals as gifts.

"We want to make sure that the pet is the right pet for you and your family. And we want to make sure that it has the best chance for success. So we want to make sure that every member of the family meets the pet; that if you have other pets in the home, that we're meeting those pets as well."

Giving them the best chance at a happy life in their new home.

Instead of giving pets as gifts, the director recommends giving a gift certificate toward the adoption fee.

This is the second group of dogs the Tompkins SPCA has taken in from Los Angeles. All twenty from the first group were quickly adopted.

To see all the animals available, visit spcaonline.com.

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