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Hero Award for Ken and Jayne Johnson for 16 Years of Rescuing Puppies in New Mexico

A lot of people ask, "Where do the puppies come from?" If you adopted from Lifeline Puppy Rescue, your puppy was most likely rescued because of the efforts of Ken and Jayne Johnson. 16 years ago, Ken and Jayne retired as school teachers and agreed to help transport a few puppies, not knowing that would result in them saving the lives of thousands of puppies.

Every week since 2003, Ken and Jayne have coordinated the transport of rescue puppies and mom dogs throughout New Mexico out of the streets, high-kill and overpopulated shelters, hoarding houses, or other. They even used to house upwards of 25 puppies in their personal home if someone needed help before transport day. They will then drive for hours to meet with Lifeline Puppy Rescue at a veterinary hospital for health checks before the puppies journey back to Brighton, Colorado. You can imagine the effect carrying and handling 15-35 puppies each week has taken on Ken and Jayne, now in their seventies and eighties, who are now semi-retiring from transport.

This past weekend, Lifeline Puppy Rescue along with other shelters and rescuers threw a semi-retirement party for Ken and Jayne to honor them with a Hero Award for their years of rescuing and transporting puppies. 

We got a chance to speak to other heroes that rescue puppies for Lifeline Puppy Rescue. Many of them rescue puppies that are accidental litters from the lack of spaying and neutering in the state. Some told harrowing stories of finding pregnant moms and pups found abandoned in the cold. Many stories were shared and all of them ended in puppies finding homes through Lifeline Puppy Rescue. 

It was a tearful send off for Ken and Jayne, but encouraging to see the passion of people willing to help their legacy live on by continuing to save puppies. 

We encourage people to volunteer to help these efforts continue or donate to help the work that Ken and Jayne started :https://www.lifelinepuppy.org/how-you-can-help/donate.html


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