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The ASPCA Relocation Program transports animals from shelters in areas of high homeless pet overpopulation (known as source shelters), to destination shelters, where there is a higher demand for adoptable animals. Relocation programs can be an important factor in ending the needless euthanasia of adoptable pets due to shelter overcrowding and lack of resources.

Effective relocation partnerships not only help the shelters in need reduce overcrowding, but also allows them to focus on development of best practices and new programs to improve animal welfare and save more lives in their communities.

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animals in carriers for relocation

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Lance from the ASPCA with a cat

The ASPCA’s relocation efforts provide resources, support and training to both source and destination shelters. The ASPCA Relocation Program strives to not only impact the number of animals housed at partner shelters, but also to help shelters create and strengthen programs that will have a long-term effect on animal welfare in the surrounding community.

Given the number of homeless pets in need, the ASPCA Relocation Program has expanded to include three transport routes across both coasts and through the Midwest.

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The West Coast Relocation Route
In 2014, the ASPCA launched the West Coast relocation program as part of the ASPCA’s commitment to helping at-risk animals in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Between 2014 and 2018, the LA program moved 40,954 animals and is on pace to hit 50,000 in 2019.

The Nancy Silverman Rescue Ride (NSRR)
Launched in January 2015, the ASPCA’s Nancy Silverman Rescue Ride (NSRR) initiative is aimed at relocating dogs from areas of high homeless pet overpopulation in the Southeast to locations in the Northeast. In 2018, the NSRR was responsible for the movement of 16,652 animals.

WaterShed Animal Fund Rescue Ride (WAFRR)
Launched in 2017, the WAFRR is the ASPCA’s newest animal relocation route, focused on the Midwest region. The WAFRR is made possible by and named for the WaterShed Animal Fund. This Oklahoma-based non-profit funds innovative programs aimed at improving the lives of companion animals. In its first two years, WAFRR moved 14,183 animals in need.

Saving Lives with Relocation Grants
The ASPCA provides invitational grants to help nonprofit organizations and public agencies dedicated to the safe, humane and efficient relocation of animals to help increase the number of lives saved and improve the outcomes for at-risk animals.