“She loved her dogs, she just didn’t know the state they were in,” Croxson said.

In addition to its own placements, FUPI sends between eight and 14 Animal Foundation dogs to Canada each week, where a pet store chain houses and places them.

“It’s absolutely helpful to our organization to have rescues like FUPI,” said Carly Scholten, Animal Foundation’s director of operations.

In addition to a website and weekly adoption events, Croxson is taking part in county meetings designed to find ways to place more animals, and he does a weekly radio show to recruit volunteers and talk about pets.

For Croxson, the worst part of helping is the loss, guilt and remorse he sees when owners say goodbye to their pets.

He works hard to find homes he believes would please them.

Waller told him Jake needs someone by his side, day and night. “He’s an old person’s dog, though he’s great with kids. His favorite thing to do is lie at your side.”

No matter what, she said, “I hope my puppies are loved as much as I love them.”