Breeder's death leaves 75 prized Russian wolfhounds in search of homes.
Dozens of Russian show dogs are looking for good homes following the death of their elderly owner.
"These dogs were his wife's life and passion," said Dr. John Brooks with MeadowBrook Safe Harbor in Wichita.
When the breeder of these Borzois, or Russian wolfhound, show dogs passed away a month ago, her 82-year-old husband was left to care for all 75 of them.
"They spent all their life savings on her medical care so they have no money left to take care of their dogs," said Dr. Brooks.
Several rescue organizations across the country are stepping up to help, including Meadowbrook Safe Harbor in Wichita, Kansas.
"We're trying to do as much as we can to get them saved," said Dr. Brooks.
The no kill shelter has taken in six of the 75 canines.
Once they're adopted or placed with foster families, Dr. Brooks will go back to the breeder and rescue some more.
If you're looking to give one of these dogs a forever home, you'll have to make sure your home is appropriate for them because they like to run fast and jump high.
"They need a very safe place to be with proper fencing and proper care," said Dr. Brooks.
The veterinarian advises that the older Borzois won't do well with smaller dogs or cats, but the breed is generally good with kids.
He hopes all of them will end up in a loving home.
"They will live on as her legacy so to speak," he said.
Dr. Brooks is collecting monetary donations to send to the breeder for food.
If you'd like to donate or adopt one of the dogs, call MeadowBrook Safe Harbor at 316-733-6866.