Target: President of ASPCA Matthew Bershadker
Goal: Commend organization for moving dogs and cats to shelters to avoid euthanasia
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recently launched a program meant to move dogs and cats through shelters who have space for them. It maps out shelters that currently have too many animals, or a high dog/cat death mortality rate. The program, dubbed “Moving Animals Places,” allows shelters to communicate with one another and move the dogs and cats around so they can be adopted. The online database started in July, 2013, with 347 shelters in 47 states and Puerto Rico.
Currently, 362 dogs and and 12 cats have been moved in this year alone, although exact numbers aren’t known until spring. MAP is one of the many tools that relocation teams use to help find pets new homes. It helps to ease overcrowding in animal shelters, enhance adoption rates, and lower the number of animals being euthanized. Every year, the teams move thousands of animals in the hopes of finding them new homes. Transporting them is done through grants and generous donations.
MAP allows any municipal shelter, nonprofit rescue, and animal control department to join, as long as they fill out the necessary paperwork: a questionnaire about animal health, vaccinations, spay and neuter policies, and transport equipment. When transporting the animals, the shelters must adhere to strict rules. The shelters must ensure that the animals don’t get sick or anxious during the trip, that they see a vet at both ends of the trip, and that volunteers are ready to feed, water and exercise the animals upon arrival. While moving animals isn’t a new concept, it has never been done at such a large scale.
Sign this petition and commend the organization for their efforts to save dogs and cats.
Dear Matthew Bershadker,
I am writing this letter to thank your organization, the ASPCA, for their efforts in saving cats and dogs. I realize that many shelters are overcrowded and sometimes under funded, leading to many unhappy animals, some of whom are unfortunately euthanized to make room for new occupants. This new program, dubbed “MAP,” has lessened this program, allowing dogs and cats to be moved to shelters where they will be happier and hopefully adopted.
I understand that making such a program was difficult, considering how many shelters partake in it. However, I am extremely grateful to know that organizations like yours are willing to step up and save our animals. Moving animals is not a new concept, but the scale at which your organization is achieving it has never been seen before. Therefore, you have my deepest appreciation for what you do.
[Your Name Here]
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