Mower County pooches to be featured in Rochester

Published 8:19 am Friday, June 24, 2011

There’s a growing movement of area animal lovers and they’re about to come together for a huge pet adoption.

The Rescue Animal Coalition of Southeast Minnesota will put on the 2011 Super Adoption Event, featuring several Mower Count Humane Society dogs, this Saturday in Rochester. It will feature more than 100 animals, according to RAC volunteers.

The group, comprised of several animal rescue organizations including MCHS, wants to help area animals in need, whether they’re strays or pets who’ve stayed at shelters for far too long.

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“Our mission is the education of the public about (area animal’s needs),” said Laura Raseman, RAC co-founder. She and several other rescuers started the group, based in Rochester, in April of last year.

“We just to try to pool our efforts,” said Jay Zimmerman, MCHS volunteer and head of the dogs. Zimmerman has been active with the group, which also has members from specific groups like the Minnesota Pug Rescue and the Rochester Ferret Rescue.

“After you get into it, you realize how many of these specialized rescue groups there are,” Zimmerman said. “There’s a lot of these very small but specialized, breed-specific shelters.”

The Super Adoption Event takes place June 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Olmsted County Fairgrounds next to the Horticulture Building. There will be animals on display and the proper paperwork to adopt pets, but prospective owners still need to follow the guidelines of whatever shelter they want to get their pet from.

Zimmerman said MCHS is looking for volunteers to help transport and watch over MCHS dogs at the event, as right now about five or six dogs could go, compared to the 10 or 12 Zimmerman had hoped to take.

“A few more poeple would capitalize on the opportunity for us,” he said.