FARGO — Dogs facing certain death are being given new hope by a new rescue program in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Heidi's Home Rescue was started in Fargo by Karlee Laubach. She's rescued dozens of dogs for nearly five years and started back when she was a student. Most of those saved are from states like Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, which have kill shelters due to overpopulation and inadequate resources.

The rescue is named after the first dog that came under her care — Heidi — who was set to be euthanized the same afternoon Laubach took her in. Heidi was adopted months later, and since that fateful moment, Laubach said she realized there was a lot of good that could be done by stepping in.

"Dogs can't advocate for themselves, they don't have the voice," Laubach said. "We have to advocate for them ... there are a lot of people that mistreat animals or just don't value them in general."

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Laubach has kept in consistent contact with all of the families that have adopted dogs she rescued.

Helping these animals has been a rewarding, yet at times, a difficult task, which is why Laubach seeks to expand. As soon as a board of directors is formed, Heidi's Home Rescue will become a nonprofit.

Heidi's Home Rescue is hosting an open house at Dakota Medical Foundation, 4141 28th Ave. S. in Fargo, on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m. If you're interested in getting involved or have any questions, visit her website for more information.