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February 5, 2014

Multi-state Transport Saves 45 Lives

On January 26th, forty-five dogs and cats who were in high-kill shelters got a second chance at life thanks to a devoted group of 35 volunteers and several rescue groups.

Due to pet overpopulation and limited resources, many of America's animal shelters are filled to capacity, and for kill-shelters that may result in euthanasia for some animals.  However, many rescues have recognized this problem and help to move adoptable animals in high-kill shelters to rescue groups and no-kill shelters.

This January, Rescue Rovers Transport worked with several rescues and no-kill shelters in the Western United States in order to to save the lives of  forty dogs and five cats.
The animals were pulled from full shelters where they may have been euthanized, and were given a second chance at life through rescues and no-kill shelters.  Thanks to a highly coordinated effort, the dogs and cats traveled hundreds of miles in two days, across four states, to safety.


The transport started in Utah, traveled through Idaho and Montana, and for some dogs ended in Washington state.  Amazon CARES Director Shannon Sullivan, volunteered for Idaho rescue group Power of the Paw (POP), driving over three hundred miles round trip for the final leg of the transport.  Shannon and fellow POP volunteer Kim, along with other rescues, met Brett and Sarah from Rescue Rovers in Missoula, Montana.  From Missoula, some dogs and cats continued south, while 20 dogs headed to North Idaho with Shannon and Kim.

The meet-up in Missoula, Montana.
Jovi, at left, happy to be with her new family
Once safely in Idaho, some of the dogs went to their forever homes, some went to rescues, and others were moved to no-kill shelters.  Jovi joined her new family thanks to Power of the Paw.


Bella will now get the medical care she needs.
Bella, an unregulated diabetic with bilateral cataracts, joined the pack at Heath's Haven where her diabetes will be managed and she will have cataract surgery before being adopted. 

Moxie, and two other boxers, met their new families thanks to North Idaho Boxer Rescue.

Moxie is happy to have found her forever home!


Heading to Kootenai Humane Society.
The remaining dogs were taken to Kootenai Humane Society (in Northern Idaho) and Spokane Humane Society (in Eastern Washington), both no-kill shelters, where they went up for adoption.  Within four days, six of the eight dogs transported to Kootenai Humane Society were already adopted!

Off to the Spokane Humane Society.

Efforts like this to transport animals from one shelter to another may seem counterintuitive to some, however, transport can truly save lives.  Some shelters, like Kootenai Humane Society and Spokane Humane Society, have so many individuals interested in adopting that they actually run out of dogs.  As one article explains, "Some overcrowded municipal shelters have to euthanize dogs to make room for the nonstop stream of abandoned and homeless dogs they get every day.  Sending dogs to Spokane allows them to take in more without killing the ones they already have.  And it gives the dogs they send a better chance of finding a forever home."

It is the mission of Rescue Rovers Transport, the organization who organized this transport, to coordinate efforts like this in order to save lives.  According to Rescue Rovers, transports like this depend "entirely on the donations of time and even a little gas money from volunteer drivers, as well as the numerous shelters, rescue groups and communities we serve.  It truly takes a village to save these animals who would likely not make it out of a full shelter if not for someone willing to open up their hearts and back seats to begin a journey to a better place.  In just one year, we've covered 100,000 miles, and saved over 1,800 dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents, and even a pony or two."
Transport on the open road.
Learn more about the organizations involved in this transport on their websites and Facebook pages:

Amazon CARES is home to the first, and only, no-kill animal shelter in Peru's Amazon Rainforest.