As we prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend, we’ll reflect on the way our moms inspire us, love us and cheer us on. But before we do, we’d like to pause to remember that for millions of puppies nationwide, the word “mom” is nothing but a distant memory.
Every day, thousands of puppies are born into large, substandard breeding facilities commonly known as puppy mills. They're pulled away from their mothers, sometimes after just eight weeks, and sold into the commercial dog market. After little-to-no recovery time, the mother dogs are forced to breed again. When they can no longer reproduce, they are often abandoned or killed.
The ASPCA's Nancy Silverman Rescue Ride, a new program launched in January, aims to relocate dogs from the Southeast to the Northeast—where they will have a better chance for adoption—over the next three years. On Thursday, April 23, 34 more lucky pups got a new “leash on life” through the program’s first transport to New York City.
The two-day transport began in Louisiana and Mississippi with dogs from the Louisiana SPCA in New Orleans and Natchez-Adams County Humane Society in Natchez, Miss., shelters that are new to the NSRR program but will be routine partners in the future. The custom-built animal relocation vehicle rolled into New York City around 12:30 pm last Thursday, where it was greeted by ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker, Board Member Linda Lambert, Nancy Silverman, and a handful of very excited staffers at the ASPCA Adoption Center.
The dogs, a variety of breeds including Dachshunds, Labs, terriers, and hound and Catahoula mixes, range in age from 10 weeks to five years. Their road trip began in New Orleans on Tuesday, and they spent Wednesday night at the Augusta Regional SPCA in Staunton, Va. before continuing their journey to New York early Thursday morning.
ASPCA Board Member Linda Lambert, ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker, and Nancy Silverman.
“Transporting these dogs from areas of the southeast, where the risk of euthanasia can be high, to places where they’ll be adopted, is very rewarding,” said Kristen Limbert, Director of Animal Relocation at the ASPCA, who helped unload the dogs from the vehicle. “It feels great to be part of a program that gives so many dogs a second chance. These are amazing animals that just need a change of venue to find an adopter who is going to love them forever.”
Six of the dogs will receive spay/neuter surgeries and be made available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center, while the remaining rescues were transferred to St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, an ASPCA partner in Madison, New Jersey.
“When I saw those puppies… my heart almost burst,” said Ms. Silverman.
Currently in its fourth month of operation, the Nancy Silverman Rescue Ride vehicle has already made 18 trips to source shelters and saved the lives of hundreds of dogs. This landmark occasion marks the first—but certainly not the last—transport to the ASPCA’s Adoption Center in Manhattan, and we are looking forward to many more lifesaving trips in the future.
Our Behavior team calls Gary a “busy body,” and for good reason! Like many New Yorkers, this affectionate and friendly pup is happiest when he’s on the move. Gary is an energetic guy who loves to be out and about—he’d make the perfect sidekick on your afternoon run or walk through the park.
This smart boy is a quick learner and picks up new skills very easily—he already knows sit, down, stay, paw and is working on roll over! Gary shows interest in playing with other dogs and with some guidance, we think he could make a few canine friends! This sweet dog would be thrilled to go home with an experienced adopter who is willing to give him plenty of daily exercise and playtime. Gary would do best in a household with teens-and-up. Adopt Gary today!
Garyis available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Gary please visit his profile page.
To learn more about Gary and to watch him in action, check out the video below!
When she first arrived at the ASPCA, Yola was very withdrawn. It took her a little time to come out of her shell, but as she warmed up, her playful nature came shining through. Now, this short haired beauty keeps our Adoptions staff laughing with her funny antics—like rolling into her blankets like a burrito!
Yola is still a sensitive girl, but once you’re her friend, you’ll see that she would like nothing more than to curl up by your side for some quality relaxation and plenty of head scratches. This sweet girl would do best in a quiet, adults-only home with an adopter who will let her settle in at her own pace. Adopt Yola today!
Yola is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting Yola, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Yola, please visit her profile page.
Check out the video below to see Yola play with her friend at the ASPCA.
Ursula is a sweet dog who has a lot of love to give! This pretty girl may be shy at first, especially around stangers, but once she gets to know you, she’ll never leave your side. With the help of her favorite toys, she’ll soon warm up for plenty of playtime with her new family.
This smart pup already knows how to sit and she’d be thrilled to have you teach her a few more tricks, too. Although Urusla loves her human companions, she may benefit from training to help improve her manners. Ursula would do best as the only dog in a home with teens-and-up. Adopt Ursula today!
Ursula is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting Ursula, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Ursula, please visit her profile page.
Watch the video below to check out Ursula in action at our Adoption Center!