Too often, dogs and cats in shelters are euthanized simply due to lack of shelter space when many of these animals would be quickly adopted in other states or parts of the country. The ASPCA Relocation program and Nancy Silverman Rescue Ride saves pets’ lives across the United States by transferring them from areas of oversupply to places where few, if any, similar shelter animals are available for adoption.
The ASPCA is committed to relocation as an effective and critical tool in our efforts to prevent needless euthanasia of adoptable pets due to shelter overcrowding and lack of resources. Using both land and air transportation, the ASPCA partners with “source” shelters in areas with high homeless pet populations and transports animals to “destination” shelters in communities where adoptable animals are in high demand. We also work with source shelters to provide the vetting necessary to keep all animals safe and healthy during transport and prevent the spread of diseases.
The ASPCA’s relocation efforts provide resources, support and training to both source and destination shelters. 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. 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.