Krista Randall of St. Augustine rescues two Tampa dogs from a kill shelter.
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Two dogs on the euthanize list will get a second chance on the First Coast thanks to one local woman's rescue mission.
"I almost cried when I went to Tampa. This is the perfect Mother's day to have a new baby," said Krista Randall of St. Augustine.
Abbey and Harry were both dogs on the euthanize list at the Pasco Animal Services shelter in Tampa. The shelter has recently been over capacity.
"I saw her on the euthanasia list so I immediately emailed the shelter and said 'put her on the do not euthanize list'. That was at 11:00 Thursday night. I started to find transport immediately," said Randall.
A friend with a pilot's license flew Krista Randall to Tampa to pick up Abbey, a black Labrador Retriever, and Harry, a Beagle.
Harry will be fostered by a member of the S.A.F.E. shelter in St. Augustine until he is adopted.
Randall has been fostering dogs for 25 years and Abbey is the 63rd dog she has cared for.
"She just deserved a second chance and unfortunately it was basic economics that put her in this position," said Randall.
Randall says both Abbey and Harry were owner surrenders -- an epidemic, she says, has increased due to the down economy.
"People are dropping dogs off that they just can't afford," said Randall.
Owner surrender dogs are usually the first to be euthanized.
Shelters normally have a 72-hour waiting period before they euthanize strays in order to give owners a chance to claim them.
Abbey and Harry had only hours left before their rescues.
For more information on the S.A.F.E. shelter click here.
First Coast News