An average stay for a dog at Foothills Animal Shelter is between three and five days. For cats, it’s about 10 days. “We have an enormous demand from our community to keep the shelter full of …
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An average stay for a dog at Foothills Animal Shelter is between three and five days. For cats, it’s about 10 days.
“We have an enormous demand from our community to keep the shelter full of adoptable animals,” said Liz Maddy, marketing and community engagement manager at Foothills Animal Shelter. “It’s clear that our community supports our efforts to find forever homes for the nearly 9,000 animals who come through our doors each year.”
One way the shelter fills the demand is by partnering with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (ASPCA) Relocation Program.
The ASPCA started its Relocation Program seven years ago. The program transfers animals from overcrowded shelters in one state to a destination shelter in another, where the animals have a better chance of getting adopted.
In January 2017, the ASPCA launched its WaterShed Animal Fund Rescue Ride, which serves the Midwest. It joins the ASPCA’s Nancy Silverman Rescue Ride, which serves the East Coast, and the West Coast Animal Relocation Program.
And in its first year, the Midwest program exceeded its annual goal of 3,000 pets transported — more than 5,000 animals went to shelters where there is more of a local demand for adoptable pets.
“The ASPCA’s Relocation Program helps us to diversify the animals we have in our shelter to appeal to the patrons we serve in Jefferson County,” Maddy said. “We have the incredible opportunity to have a wider variety of adoptable animals available for our neighbors and the communities we serve, and it is a point of pride to be connected with the ASPCA to offer local families the perfect pet.”
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