Stray Rescue making major adoption push with the help of... Tito -

Stray Rescue making major adoption push with the help of... Tito's?

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ST. LOUIS ( -- Friday is the beginning of a major push to get healthy dogs at Stray Rescue a home.

A distemper outbreak that started last month killed 23 dogs at the shelter and now more than 50 are still being treated for the virus.

But in the wake of that outbreak, Stray Rescue has gotten help to make it easier for their healthy dogs to find forever homes.

Staff at the organization say words can't describe how thankful they are

“We today have gotten some good news. With the help of Dr. Sandra Newbury from the University of Wisconsin, we have 52 dogs that have been cleared so that means that they tested negative for distemper,” said staff member Andrea Wilkey.  

And with help from Tito's Handmade Vodka, it will be a little bit easier for those 52 healthy dogs to find a home. From now through December, all adoption fees will be paid by the company so people can adopt for free.

“Oh my gosh i mean it's kind of restoring a sense of normalcy to what we do. Obviously it's been a very emotional time for us and we are excited to be able to let these dogs move on with their lives,” Wilkey said.

That covered adoption fee includes spaying, vaccinations, micro-chipping and one free year of training. Anyone interested in adopting must make an appointment at

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