ASPCA relocation program help animals find their forever home

Pine Belt

HATTIESBURG, Miss.(WHLT) – The ASPCA and Southern Pines Animal Shelter are helping animals find their forever homes.

Tuesday morning, 30 dogs left the Hub City to head up North where there’s a demand for animal adoptions. 

Since January 2017, the ASPCA (Animal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has been transporting thousands of dogs and cats across the country. More than 5,715 cats and dogs from shelters throughout the Midwest have been transported to other states where there’s a better chance they will get adopted. 

This relocation program is part of the WaterShed Animal Fund. Through the fund, transportation vehicles called the WaterShed Animal Fund Rescue Ride (WAFRR) travel across various parts of the country relocating animals to shelters. The vehicle can house up 100 canines in one trip, or the vehicle can be split between canines and felines (including kittens). 

Karen Walsh, Director of Animal Relocation Initiative for ASPCA, says they’re proud to give families across the country a chance to have their own furry friends. 

“There’s a lot of need in this state, and they are doing a great job helping move lots and lots of animals out of this area. So the animals are vetted, they have health certificates, they’ve had veterinary exams, they’re checked to make sure they’d be good family pets,” she said. 

Even though the program just started, ASPCA moved 28,444 animals in 2017. Out of those thousands, 700 were animals impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Irma. 

The lucky 5,000 animal transported in the program was from Southern Pine Animal Shelter. It was a 10-week-old male Lab/Hound Mix named Dudley. Dudley was adopted just six days after making his way to Maumee, OH. 

Ginny Sims, Director of Southern Pines, says the program makes it easier for families across the U.S. to have a pet of their own. 

“Just wonderful support from the community to help these animals find new homes, and so we feel really lucky that some of our animals find homes here in Mississippi and some of our animals go on to fill homes in other states with lots of love and companionship for years to come.” 

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