Pay it Forward: Rescue Rovers

Seth Evans plays tug-of-war with one of his foster dogs (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) Rescue Rovers is a 100 percent volunteer-based organization that pulls dogs from high-kill shelters and gets them into foster homes.

The organization has saved around 6,000 dogs since it was founded four years ago.

"It's a big problem," said Mandy Moody, adoptions coordinator for Rescue Rovers. "There's a lot of animals out there that need homes."

Rescue Rovers will save any dog in danger of being put down, no matter what condition the animal is in.

"Some of them are in pretty rough shape," Moody said.

Many of the dogs have medical problems like cancer, seizures, missing limbs, mange, and more.

The dogs are transported from shelters into foster homes, which there are about 200 with the group.

Foster families rehabilitate the dogs and prepare them for adoption to a permanent home.

"Usually they're scared and confused and they don't know what's going on," said Hailey Evans, one of the organization's foster parents. "I can look at them and say, 'You're safe. It's going to be OK.'"

Evans and her husband, Seth, have fostered about 16 dogs in the four months they've been volunteering with Rescue Rovers. They have seen complete life changes for these animals.

"It's a really gratifying experience to see them go through that transition," Seth said.

Currently, the Evanses have four foster dogs.

"It's been one of the best and hardest things that I've done," said Hailey of fostering.

They also have two of their own dogs.

"It's not always easy, but we work as a team. We make it work," Seth said.

Mountain America Credit Union donated $500 to Rescue Rovers to help with transportation, food, and medical needs of these animals in need.

Rescue Rovers is always looking for more foster families.

If you're interested in helping out, or adopting one of the dogs they have rescued, visit the Rescue Rovers website.

Rescue Rovers will also be part of the "Love Utah Give Utah" event coming up on March 30th. Visit this link if you wish to contribute.