Why does Shelby Humane Society (SHS) transport dogs to the New England states?
New England states such as New Hampshire and Maine have implemented several programs that control their dog population including affordable spay/neuter services, enforcement of leash laws and other animal welfare legislation, and statewide encouragement of spay/neuter for companion pets.
Conversely, SHS alone receives 5,000 homeless dogs and cats each year. With limited space and resources, there is only so much any one shelter can do. In an effort to find homes for some of the pets, healthy SHS dogs who are in compliance with state guidelines for dog transport in New Hampshire and Maine are eligible to make the trip.
How many dogs have been transported to date?
Almost 5,000 in 5 years (and counting!)
How do the dogs get there?
SHS relies on volunteers to drive our Dodge Sprinter to shelters in the New England states.
Are cats transported on Shelter Partners trips?
No. Cat overpopulation is a problem in all areas of the country. Most shelters are constantly at maximum capacity and thus cannot accept surplus cats from Shelby Humane Society.
What can I do to help?
There are some easy ways to help. Contact SHS to volunteer and do your part to be sure your pets don’t have unwanted litters.