The Animal Relocation and Transport team, which launched in May of 2011, focuses on saving lives by helping organizations relocate animals from areas of oversupply to places where there are few, if any, similar animals in shelters for adoption.
Relocation can be near or far, and can include animals pulled from shelters by rescue groups, or transfers of animals to other regional shelters, or a long-distance transport to an out-of-area shelter.
By December 2012 the Animal Relocation and Transport team helped relocate 35,840 animals through direct assistance, grants, and The Carroll Petrie Foundation Dog Rescue Project. Through these programs animals were moved in 34 states around the country. Most of the animals were from overcrowded shelters where their chances for adoption were slim, while some were displaced as a result of natural disasters.
The team also develops and supports flexible, scalable relocation programs across the country to serve as models for interested groups to follow. One of those tools is MAP (Moving Animals Places) that helps shelters find partners in relocation efforts.
For more information, email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Animal Relocation Library
Interested in starting your own relocation program? Here’s a library of documents you can use, from transport guidelines used at other agencies to sample forms and best practices.