A group of Iowans is responsible for saving the lives of nearly twenty dogs that were scheduled to be euthanized. The dogs were to be put to sleep because their shelter in Missouri was closing.

But a group of Iowans stepped in and found homes for all twelve puppies and five full-grown dogs, and made their journey north on Sunday.

“Some of the puppies got out of their cages, four to five of them at least, and we had to stop along the way and switch cages. Since it’s the first time, I’ll know better next time,” said Jim Bruce of Altoona, who helped transport the dogs from Missouri.

Most of the dogs are headed to homes near Waverly.