Today the ASPCA’s(American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) national Animal Relocation Program marked a significant achievement by transporting its 100,000th animal. The ASPCA currently relocates more homeless animals than any other organization by working with overcrowded shelters in under-resourced areas of the country, most often in the South, to relocate their animals to other shelters, most often in the North, where those animals have greater chances of being adopted.
The milestone animal, Apple, a three-month-old, female Dachshund mix, was welcomed with fanfare to the ASPCA Adoption Center on New York City’s Upper East Side. Apple’s journey began at the Oktibbeha County Humane Society (OCHS) in Starkville, Miss., where she boarded the Nancy Silverman Rescue Ride, the ASPCA’s East Coast relocation route, on Wednesday, April 3. She then traveled along with 15 other dogs to Augusta Regional SPCA in Staunton, Va. for a night of rest and arrived in New York City today where she will soon be available for adoption.
“Using relocation to help communities drastically reduce unnecessary euthanasia provides immediate relief to overcrowded shelters while creating adoption opportunities for those with great demand,” said Matt Bershadker, President and CEO, ASPCA. “Relocation is an important life-saving tool for animal shelters across the country in the fight to end pet overpopulation, and the ASPCA is dedicated to facilitating these important connections between source and destination shelters.”
Apple, an outgoing and playful pup, initially arrived at OCHS with a three-month-old Chihuahua mix named Curry after both were found running down the streets of Starkville. OCHS operates a regional animal relocation program that serves more than a dozen overcrowded animal shelters and local rescues in North Mississippi. Due to the high volume of homeless animals in the region, OCHS is only able to adopt a small portion back into the local community. However, thanks in no small part to their strong relocation program, OCHS staff has ensured 93 percent of the animals who come through their doors, like Apple, still leave alive.
“Oktibbeha County Humane Society is grateful for our collaboration with the ASPCA and their network of destination shelters and waystations which enables our collective of more than a dozen overcrowded local shelters and rescues in Northern Mississippi to safely move thousands of animals closer to loving homes each year,” said Michele Anderson, Board Member, OCHS. “The ASPCA Relocation Program offers immediate, positive impact for the animals moved while also providing critical support to help us create and strengthen programs that are creating long-term, beneficial effects in our community and throughout the region.”
The ASPCA Animal Relocation Program operates along three routes: the Nancy Silverman Rescue Ride on the East Coast, the WaterShed Animal Fund Rescue Ride (WAFRR) in the Midwest and the West Coast Animal Relocation Program in Southern California. Since the program launched in 2014, the ASPCA has made 4,461 trips (3,644 by transport vehicle, 814 by plane), working with 45 source shelters, 86 destination shelters and five waystations to move 100,000 animals, including 76,550 dogs, 22,855 cats and 595 other types of animals. In 2018 alone, the ASPCA moved 40,314 animals across the country to help them find new homes.
To date, the ASPCA has helped move homeless animals from 16 states including Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia, to shelters across 30 states including Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C., Washington and Wisconsin.
The establishment and growth of the ASPCA’s Animal Relocation Program is made possible by the generous support of donors, including Nancy Silverman, who supports the Nancy Silverman Rescue Ride, and the WaterShed Animal Fund which supports the WAFRR.
For more information about the ASPCA, please visit www.aspca.org.
To learn more about adopting Apple and her friends please call 646-706-4632