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|
|Bella will now get the medical care she needs.|
Moxie, and two other boxers, met their new families thanks to North Idaho Boxer Rescue.
|Heading to Kootenai Humane Society.|
|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:
- Rescue Rovers Transport website and Facebook
- Power of the Paw website and Facebook
- Heath's Haven website and Facebook
- North Idaho Boxer Rescue Facebook
- Amazon CARES website and Facebook
- Kootenai Humane Society website and Facebook
- Spokane Humane Society website and Facebook
Amazon CARES is home to the first, and only, no-kill animal shelter in Peru's Amazon Rainforest.