The ASPCA Animal Relocation Team hit the road this week to help dogs in South Carolina get a second chance at shelters in Ohio, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Kristen Limbert, ASPCA Animal Relocation Manager, shares her notes on the operation.
I can’t believe it’s over. It’s only been two full days and one overnight, but I’d grown so attached to these dogs it feels like longer. They were all such sweet dogs, and it was a pleasure to ride with them along this journey and see it through to the end.
We arrived at Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley, Minnesota, at 2:30 P.M. and quickly began unloading the last 20 South Carolina dogs. The dogs came a long way—1,400 miles of travel from A Second Chance Animal Shelter in Manning, the only home some of them have ever known.
Some were nervous unloading, while others took this all in stride. They’ll have lots of time to get settled here while the staff and volunteers of Animal Humane Society get to know them. After a short time, they’ll be placed up for adoption—and having come to know them over the last two days, I have no doubt that they will each find a perfect family of their own. Welcome to Minnesota, Thelma, Louise, Moses, Miles, Martin, Isis, Heath, Jasmine, Mulan, Java, Zane, Jessie, Roxci, Axel, Ebony, Emily, Erin, Cleetus, Scoop and Hunter.
These last two days are a perfect example of the ASPCA’s Animal Relocation Initiative in action. Our goal is to help bring the supply of wonderful, highly adoptable shelter dogs to areas where they are in high demand and stand a better chance of finding a home.
There’s nothing wrong with these dogs. They are not broken, they are not sick, they are not mean. They are simply the unlucky ones, lost or bred and thrown away in areas where there is little demand for them, and in shelters often so overcrowded that there is no way for them to get noticed. A Second Chance Animal Shelter gave these dogs just that: a second chance. As of today, 41 dogs are getting yet one more, and we like to think that third time’s the charm.
Good luck in your new lives, my furry friends!