Why is transport so important to Southern Pines?
You may remember little Chloe, the determined, opinionated, affectionate little dog, who'd lost the use of her back legs due to a spinal injury? When she arrived at our shelter, her situation seemed pretty hopeless. But with help from the community, lots of love and dedication from her foster family, and an effective rehab regimen, over the course of a few months Chloe slowly got back up on her feet and walking again. However, even with her marked improvement and exposure to potential adopters, Chloe still hadn’t found the home she was looking for. Hoping to find a perfect family for little Chloe, Southern Pines extended the search for her home by contacting our transport partners in Maine, and they agreed to host her while she looked for a home up there. Within just a week, Chloe was successfully matched with her
loving, forever family; a match made possible by the Southern Pines Transport Program and donations like yours. Our team could not be more thrilled that this sweet little dog that we loved on for months has found her second chance, but for Chloe, this program means so much more. It is a second chance, a warm bed at night, a feeling of love and security, and a promise that she is going to be okay.
This is why our transport program is something that we at Southern Pines are so passionate about: it gives the animals in our care a greater chance at finding the forever home they all deserve. So far this year alone, we’ve been able to send 3,000 animals to adoption partners up north, to states like Maine, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
'Saving more lives than ever before!' is not just catchy phrase. It is the mission that our entire team is dedicated to.
Why these states? Because these states have stricter spay and neuter laws which has effectively decreased their homeless pet population. In Mississippi, we don’t have these kinds of regulations, and therefore, we have an overabundance of homeless pets. Our shelter and our local partner shelters are always full to the brim with cats and dogs who need homes, and despite completing thousands of local adoptions each year, there are still so many pets without homes. Our receiving adoption partners are committed to finding these pets forever homes, they have room to take our dogs (and sometimes kitties), and they have adopters who’re waiting and interested in the pets we’re transporting up there. Because we have SO many dogs and cats here in Mississippi, it gives these animals who might not have had a chance here, a better chance there.
It is an exciting program… and a necessary one. “Saving more lives than ever before!” is not just catchy phrase. It is the mission that our entire team is dedicated to, but it’s not without it’s cost. Providing our animals with this fantastic opportunity is an expensive one for our shelter: completely vetting the animals, the cost of drivers, vehicle maintenance, fuel expenses, etc. This #GivingTuesday, we’d ask you to consider donating toward our transport program, so that with your help we can give even more homeless animals, like Chloe, the chance at a happy new beginning.
A second chance. A new beginning.
Thank you for making a difference.
Blog articles are written by staff and volunteers of Southern Pines Animal Shelter.