Rescue Dog Minnie Gets A New Home With Rehoboth Beach Mayor And Wife


The Honorable Stan Mills, Mayor of the City of Rehoboth Beach, and his wife Marcia Maldeis have adopted a rescue dog named Minnie from the Brandywine Valley SPCA’s Georgetown Campus.

Minnie came to the Brandywine Valley SPCA through their partnership with Tangipahoa Parish Animal Services (Tangi) in Hammond, Louisiana. The two organizations are collaborating on a year-long program backed by Best Friends Animal Society to help the Tangi shelter move from a previous 20% save rate to 90% by the end of the year. The collaborative work involves implementing best practices Brandywine has already applied in Delaware, which Best Friends Animal Society has named the nation’s first and only no-kill state.

On Saturday, February 6, 2021, Minnie arrived on a rescue airlift flight from Hammond, Louisiana; the flight was funded by the ASPCA and flown by Wings of Rescue. The 30 pound mixed breed dog estimated at six years old had been picked up with what appeared to be her brother as stray dogs. When the two weren’t claimed at the Tangi shelter, they were tagged to join the next rescue flight to Brandywine since their chances of adoption in their local community were limited considering the high number of shelter animals compared to adopters.

Mayor Mills and Marcia have lived in Rehoboth Beach for over 23 years and have enjoyed rescue dogs and cats as part of their family for 22 of those years. “Having been without dogs for over a year and after constructing a new house with a fenced yard, we thought it was time to welcome a new rescue dog into our family. We love rescues and mixed breeds, and Minnie tugged at our hearts,” said Mayor Mills. “Minnie is acclimating to her new home and feline companions, and when Minnie is ready for another canine companion, we will start the search again with the BVSPCA.”

“We’re thrilled that the Mayor and his wife chose to adopt,” said Adam Lamb, BVSPCA CEO. “It not only speaks to their compassion as individuals, it helps elevate the visibility of what wonderful family members shelter pets make and the importance of giving them a second chance at life and love.”

Source: Brandywine Valley SPCA

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