Mia Swartz founded Georgia Peaches Puppy Rescue (GPPR) after realizing there was a high demand for rescue puppies in the Seattle, Wash. area. In 2011, an adult dog in need caught her eye and she offered to financially sponsor this dog for a rescue. However, the owner of the dog ultimately reclaimed it and the shelter asked if she would rescue two six-month old puppies instead, both of whom were scheduled to be euthanized the next morning. After this first rescue, many volunteers joined the group to help rescue increasing amounts of puppies each year – totaling more than 200 puppies since the organization’s establishment in 2012.
The need for rescuing these puppies from Georgia is great, and the demand for highly adoptable puppies in Seattle is high. An eventual goal of our organization is to ultimately raise funds so that, for each puppy GPPR rescues, we provide a stipend to spay or neuter a dog in the southeastern United States.