May 11, 2012
In late April, the ASPCA loaded up a vehicle and took a very special road trip. Our cargo was 43 homeless dogs; our mission was to give the pups a chance to find homes in a place where they’d be in high demand.
If you read our blog, you already know that these dogs came from the Louisiana SPCA and landed at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, in Madison, New Jersey, and its rescue partners the Humane Society of Atlantic County, Jersey Shore Animal Center and Monmouth County SPCA. Two weeks later, we’re happy to report that this life-saving transport has more than paid off—many of these sweet Southern doggies have already joined families!
According to St. Hubert’s Shelter Operations Director Colleen Harrington, 13 of the 15 dogs who remained at her shelter have already been adopted; the remaining two need treatment before going home. And Harrington says her rescue partners are also starting to report adoptions. In fact, they’re already excited for the next transport.
Fortunately, a second trip is already in the works—April’s transport is one of a series to come in the next few months.
“The ASPCA Relocation Initiative works collaboratively to assist animals at risk, moving them to where they have the greatest opportunity to find a home,” says ASPCA Senior Director of Community Outreach Sandy Monterose.
This cutting-edge program helps reduce euthanasia by treating animal homelessness as a national problem, not a regional one, and bringing dogs to where the adopters are. While New Orleans and many other areas of the South are overwhelmed with more dogs than loving homes, adopters in New Jersey are anxious to adopt dogs like Leo, a 118-pound Great Dane puppy, and the other 42 pups from LA/SPCA.
Adds Monterose: “The most viable solution is to transport animals to areas of the country where they are most likely to be adopted. St. Hubert’s and its partners are providing a second chance for these dogs.”
For her part, Harrington says, “St. Hubert’s is proud of the best practices—pre-transport vetting and vaccination, and of course spay/neuter. The collaborative effort with the ASPCA and our New Jersey partners makes this life-saving program possible without displacing any of the local pets in our care.”