SOURCE: Last Chance for Animals

March 21, 2008 17:51 ET

Research Facility Dogs Released for Adoption!

Last Chance for Animals & NAFA Hold Press Conference Saturday

JONESBORO, AR--(Marketwire - March 21, 2008) -

WHEN: Saturday, March 22, 2008 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: NAFA, 1609 Dan Ave, Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401

WHAT: I am sure you remember the closure of Class B Dealers C.C.Baird, as shown on the HBO special "Dealing Dogs" -- the Last Chance for Animals investigation in Wiliford, Arkansas and Northeast Arkansas For Animal's (NAFA) role in placing animals from that facility. I am not sure you are aware of it, but that was the first time in the history of the USDA that animals from a Class B Dealer were actually surrendered to a rescue. In the past, when a Class B Dealer was closed the animals were simply moved to other Class B Dealers or euthanized. So, in addition to saving those dogs, it set a new precedent.

Along those same lines, Last Chance for Animals and NAFA will be making another ground-breaking stride this weekend. 11 dogs from a research facility (originally obtained from a Class B Dealer) will be turned over to NAFA. It is the norm throughout most research facilities and teaching schools, that when animals are no longer needed for research, they are either shipped to another research facility, returned to the Class B Dealer, or euthanized. So you see, the removal of these 11 animals, and then into rescue, and then into private homes, is quite monumental. The research facility that will release these dogs does not want their name or their people's name released. The dogs will not be released until late Friday afternoon and evening. Then, representatives from Last Chance for Animals will be driving these animals to NAFA -- to arrive on Saturday morning about 10:30.

WHO: Lisa Beal, Campaigns Director of Last Chance for Animals (LCA), an international non-profit animal advocacy organization based in Los Angeles. For more info go to Wannda Turner, Director of Northeast Arkansas For Animal's (NAFA). NAFA is a rescue group based in Arkansas. Wannda and the rest of her volunteers are heroes to the animal community.

CONTACT: To schedule an interview with Lisa Beal of Last Chance for Animals call 818-681-3672. To schedule an interview with Wannda Turner of NAFA call 870-243-4362.

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