A program to provide medical treatment for stray animals has run out of money.
Eight years ago, Dr. Nan Saye started the "Sam-I-Am" foundation. The veterinarian wanted to find a means of helping injured strays recover and find homes, rather than having them euthanized.
The end of the program means dozens of dogs and cats are in desperate need of adoption.
One week from now, the former strays will have to be put to sleep, unless they're adopted. Those who care for the dogs and cats are counting on a last minute push to find good homes for some loving animals.
"This is Tiger," said animal nurse, Lori Miller as she cuddled a yellow and white cat.
Tiger is among the forty dogs and cats awaiting an uncertain future. Each of the animals has some story of survival.
"Some of them were practically dead when they came in. Dr. Nan took them in and she's done everything she can to try and get them homes, but things have, we've exhausted our financial situation and everything else," explained Miller.
"There we go. Come on, come on kitties, come on," said Johnny Ryan.
Ryan cares for the animals and treats them like his children. He can't stand the thought that his four legged friends may have to be killed, if they're not adopted.
Time is the enemy now, with just a week remaining before the kennel shuts down.
"I wish we was in a different position where we could do more. But it's such a short period now with just a week that it's going to make it extremely difficult. It really is," said Ryan.
Any of the animals would make good pets. Hootchie is walking again after getting hit by a car recently. The hound they call "Elvis" is also recovering after a similar accident.
"We don't want to have to euthanize them. Because Dr. Nan put so much of her money and time into getting these babies being hit by cars or whatever happened to them," said Nurse Miller.
Forty animals need loving homes. The adoptions cost nothing, but would mean everything to those who helped nurse these animals back to health.
"I love 'em and wish we could do something for them, more than we've done. But we've done the best we could," said Ryan.
Again, there's no charge to adopt any of these former stray animals.
If you're interested, you can call Johnny Ryan at these numbers (228) 435-8811 or 323-2943.