18 May 2011

ASPCA launches national relocation program to provide relief to shelter animals

ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has recently launched a National Animal Relocation Initiative, which removes dogs and cats from areas that have been affected by natural disasters, such as floods or tornadoes. The animals are moved from these crowded areas to shelters where space is available and where they will become available for adoption.

The animals are transported safely in climate-controlled vehicles, to shelters where there are little or no animals available for adoption. This ensures there will not be an oversupply of dogs and cats, and each animal will receive the love and attention that is much deserved.

"Our new Animal Relocation Initiative will establish a national network that facilitates the transfer of animals and build a professional collective engaged in the issue of relocation," said Ed Sayres, president and CEO of the ASPCA. "We also intend to develop flexible, scalable relocation programs that assure animals are moving the shortest distance possible."

Since the start of the program, shelter dogs affected by floods in eastern Arkansas were transported to shelters in Kansas and Colorado, and dogs affected by tornadoes in Georgia and South Carolina were brought to shelters in New York or New Jersey.

ASCPA will continue to work to provide transportation for animals in other affected areas.

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Alexandra is highly passionate about animals and animal rights, and wants to raise awareness of the cruelty that many animals suffer in the best way she knows how, and this is by written word. She is a recent graduate of Metropolitan State University in Minnesota, with a degree in Professional Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.