Dozens of adoptable dogs from East Tennessee have just arrived in Detroit, looking for new homes. While shelters like Young Williams are often overcrowded, that's not a problem for shelters in Michigan.
That's because more animal owners there spay and neuter their pets, so more than 20 dogs from Knoxville will find news families.
Walle, 4-year-old mix of beagle, boxer and basset hound, celebrates after winning top honors in the 25th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair on Friday, June 21, 2013, in Petaluma, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
These adorable dogs don't share the excitement of these workers right now. They wouldn't be if they knew the fate they've been spared.
They'd be overjoyed to be heading for new homes. Jeff Ashin says, "It helps alleviate the crowding here and takes them where they are wanted and needed."
Dixie the dog was full of kisses before she goes into her crate.
Volunteers are taking the dogs to one of three adoption centers in Michigan. Erin Campbell with Michigan Humane Society says, "Our centers aren't full. We don't have puppies. It's really nice to get small dogs and puppies. It gives us a bigger variety up North."
Even though they look like they're in prison, they're future is wide open.
Campbell says, "They love to say this dog came from Knoxville. They love to help out dogs from the South. They actually think it's pretty cool."
Ashin says, "This is the beginning of what we hope will be a long and beautiful partnership."
Once the dogs arrive in Michigan, they'll undergo evaluation for 24 hours. Since none of the shelters are full, they might all be adopted out within the next week.