Nonprofit helps save animals from euthanasia | KOB 4

Nonprofit helps save animals from euthanasia

Faith Egbuonu
January 03, 2019 07:06 PM

ROSWELL, N.M. – A rescue team in Roswell is saving the lives of our four-legged friends before it’s too late.


Shawn Higgins, a board member from Friends of Roswell Animals rescue team, gets emotional when speaking about the moment she laid her eyes on her dog, Brooklyn.

“She just spoke to me. It made me sad. So, at 12 o’ clock at night, I asked my husband if we can foster,” said Higgins.

Brooklyn was on the Roswell urgent page and was set to be euthanized the following morning.

“I became a volunteer with FORA, and I started fostering. That’s kind of what got me into it. Just seeing her face, and becoming a foster –because, they can’t save without having fosters. That’s the main goal,” Higgins said.

Staff members at Roswell Animal Services take photos of dogs during intake. Dogs that are on the euthanasia list or that are in dire need of help are posted onto the urgent page. Then, it’s shared with the FORA rescue team, as well as others.

“Paws on the ground Colorado, All Paws matter --we pull for them, and then they’re transported every Saturday. Sometimes by transport van, sometimes by a wonderful group called Pilots for Paws,” Higgins said.

A volunteer pilot flies into town, loads the dogs onto the plane, and then flies them to Colorado for adoption.

“They have adopters already waiting to adopt the dogs that usually we pull from here,” said Higgins.

For more information on volunteer work or adoption, visit their website at


Faith Egbuonu

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