New Rockford Transcript - Official Newspaper of Eddy County since 1883

Canine rescuers: Two area women have rescued over 200 dogs


January 14, 2019

Colette Byrum and Shelly Hanson dedicate their free time and resources to rescuing dogs throughout the area.

"Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, and filling emptiness we didn't ever know we had." -Thom Jones

For Colette Byrum of New Rockford, this quote couldn't be closer to the truth.

"They just seemed to find me," she said, speaking of the dogs in need who, over the years, have shown up near her workplace in Fort Totten. The animals she has rescued have often been in rough shape, suffering from injury, infection or neglect. It was second nature for Byrum to take in these wayward pups and provide the care they needed as she worked to find them forever homes. Soon her endeavor b...

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