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Ho-Ho-Kus Mom Committed To Finding Homes For Death Row Dogs

"I couldn't sleep," said Dana Habernickel Koenig of Ho-Ho-Kus after seeing this surrendered pit-mix's photo on Facebook.
"I couldn't sleep," said Dana Habernickel Koenig of Ho-Ho-Kus after seeing this surrendered pit-mix's photo on Facebook. Photo Credit: Facebook
Koenig and her husband adopted their own dog but kept in touch with southern rescues.
Koenig and her husband adopted their own dog but kept in touch with southern rescues. Photo Credit: Dana Habernickel Koenig

HO-HO-KUS, N.J. — Dana Habernickel Koenig of Ho-Ho-Kus is hoping the dogs on death row in Georgia will strike a chord with someone the way they did with her.

The mom of two is seeking fosters, adopters and rescues to take in some of the dogs recovered by the Animal Rescue League of Northwest Georgia from euthanasia at the local shelter.

"We have transport, vetting and funding," Koenig said.

But we don't have anywhere for these dogs to go — and it's so sad.

Koenig first got involved in animal rescue when she was looking to adopt a dog of her own. She kept in touch with several southern rescues and through social media has been committed to helping them find homes for the pups.

People have been pledging money on the dogs so that by the time an adopter comes around, the medical bills and adoption fee will be taken care of.

One local rescue organization has accepted 30 of the dogs, but dozens remain because they will not take the pit bulls or pit mixes.

"Pit bulls have a bad reputation because when they're trained to fight, they become hostile and aggressive," Koenig explained. "Really, they're very sweet and beautiful."

EMAIL DANA HABCKERNICKEL KOENIG AT dhkoenig@gmail.com TO GET INVOLVED.

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