ASPCA® Animal Relocation Program helps shelter pets find homes
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake (HSCCL) has been selected for the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) Animal Relocation Program’s WaterShed Animal Fund Rescue Ride (WAFRR), which partners with overcrowded source shelters, who need assistance placing animals, as well as destination shelters, where animals have a greater chance to be adopted.
HSCCL is a source shelter in the program, which means the ASPCA will transport up to 50 animals per month from the shelter in Tool, to ASPCA destination shelters aboard the WAFRR.
The first departure of the WAFRR left for Michigan April 30. Most of the dogs were adopted within the first few days of their arrival. On May 20, the second ASPCA transport will depart at 6 a.m. with approximately 25 dogs and puppies on board.
President of the HSCCL Board Lanette Ainsworth said, “This is such an exciting step for our shelter. Our staff, veterinarian, board and volunteers have been working with the ASPCA for almost a year to make what we’re calling the “Proud Paws Express” possible. The insight and guidance from the ASPCA has been phenomenal. We absolutely could not do this without the generosity of members of our community. Their continued support is crucial to cover medical, health certificates and changes at the shelter that are necessary for the program to succeed.”
The ASPCA Animal Relocation Program is made possible by and named for the WaterShed Animal Fund, an Oklahoma-based non-profit that funds innovative programs aimed at improving the lives of companion animals. In 2018, the ASPCA’s WAFRR made 299 trips, working with 11 source shelters, 14 destination shelters and one way-station agency to move over 8,468 animals, including 1,147 cats and 7,018 dogs.
In March 2019, the program reached a milestone of moving 15,000 animals in the Midwest route. Since the ASPCA Animal Relocation program launched in 2014, the ASPCA has moved more than 100,000 animals across the West Coast, East Coast and Midwest.
For more information about the ASPCA, please visit www.aspca.org. For more information about HSCCL, please visit www.hsccl.org.