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Brandywine Valley SPCA took in 130 small dogs flown in from Arizona Saturday to include in their Mega Adoption Event next weekend.

Brandywine Valley SPCA took in 130 small dogs flown in from Arizona Saturday to include in their Mega Adoption Event next weekend.

Linda Torelli, a spokeswoman for the animal shelter, helped organize the mission. Brandywine Valley SPCA paired up with Wings of Rescue, a charity that flies animals from highly populated shelters to shelters where they will hopefully be adopted. 

“It’s a really inspirational experience,” Torelli said. “All of those weren’t going to live where they were, let alone have a family.”

Torelli said Arizona shelters are overcrowded with small dogs, animals Delaware shelters never have enough of.

“Our local animals are always a priority, so when we bring in animals, we want ones that will complement what we already have,” Torelli said. 

Torelli said between their three shelters in Georgetown, New Castle, and West Chester, Pennsylvania, the animal shelter will ensure the dogs find a home.

She said with confidence all the dogs will get adopted at their event next Saturday in Philadelphia, at the Mega-Adoption, where more than 1,000 animals will be available. At the event last December, over 880 animals went home to families in three days. 

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“We emptied our shelters. We came home with four dogs-that was it,” Torelli said. 

Brandywine Valley SPCA brings all the animals to the multi-day event, apart from ones organizers think will have anxiety over the crowd. All animals are spayed and neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. 

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Facebook users are already calling dibs on certain breeds from Saturday’s flight. The flight included Dachshunds, Pomeranians, Chihuahuas and mixed breeds. 

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Torelli said the shelter has flown in animals three times since January. Next Tuesday, the West Chester shelter will add 70 puppies from Alabama. 

Upon arrival, the small dogs had to quickly be loaded into the trucks because they were cold from the below-freezing temperatures, she said. 

They are currently in a rented facility, and after having food and water, quickly fell asleep from exhaustion. 

Contact Josephine Peterson at (302) 324-2856 or jhpeterson@delawareonline.com. Follow her on Twitter at @jopeterson93.

IF YOU GO

The Mega Adoption Event will be held at the 23rd Street Armory, 22 S. 23rd St., Philadelphia, on Dec. 16 and Dec. 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The adoption cost will be $20 for dogs and cats.

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