Target: Sandy Monterose, senior director of ASPCA community initiatives
Goal: Thank the ASPCA for creating a new shelter map program that will help relocate homeless dogs and cats
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has launched a new program that maps shelters that are too full and those with plenty of room. This is the first national program of its kind and has already saved hundreds of lives. Relocation is quickly becoming a powerful tool for shelters throughout the country and a program such as this could make the process far more successful and reliable.
MAP, which stands for Moving Animals Places, gives shelters the ability to contact each other and orchestrate relocation projects that will place animals where they are more likely to be adopted. Not only does it give overrun shelters alternatives to euthanasia, it also allows shelters to relocate dogs and cats to areas where they know certain breeds or sizes of dogs are more popular. Since its creation, more than 300 shelters in 47 states have signed up.
Current estimates indicate that nearly 400 dogs and more than a dozen cats have been relocated through MAP. All municipal shelters, rescue organizations, and animal control departments are welcome to join MAP by completing a questionnaire that includes information about procedures, vaccinations, their spay and neuter policies, and available transport equipment so other shelters can decide whether or not they wish to pursue establishing a partnership.
Participating shelters must be able to ensure animals don’t get sick or anxious during moves by performing veterinary examinations before and after transport, providing proper crating and volunteers to tend to the animals’ needs, and food and exercise stops along the way. All laws and rules governing the transport of animals must also be adhered to. Senior director of ASPCA community Sandy Monterose said of MAP “It is a supply and demand issue. If you had a store and you had extra widgets at one store, and people were buying up widgets at another store, wouldn’t you move your widgets?”
Please take a moment to sign the petition below and thank the ASPCA for this incredible contribution to animal welfare. Thousands of dogs that find themselves in overcrowded shelters will now have a chance at life they hadn’t before.
Dear Sandy Monterose,
The ASPCA recently launched Moving Animals Places (MAP), which has already successfully relocated hundreds of animals to shelters where they have a much greater chance of being adopted. Not only will the program give shelters opportunities to communicate with each other or form partnerships, it will also ensure the animals are properly taken care of during transport.
Thank you for this incredible effort. MAP will no doubt save thousands of dogs and cats from being euthanized each year. Relocation has quickly become one of the most powerful tools shelters have to save lives and you have made it even more powerful.
[Your Name Here]
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