Crowded south Louisiana shelters have found an effective way of placing animals in homes — by shipping them up north, where there’s often a waiting list for adoptable dogs, according to a report by the Thibodaux Daily Comet.
Through the program run by the Humane Society of Louisiana, dogs travel in transPUPtation vans to shelters that have waiting lists, said Hilary Knight, manager of the Lafourche Parish Animal Shelter, told The Comet. Recently, Knight’s staff brought five dogs to Hammond, where they boarded a van bound for the Cedar Valley Humane Society in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Knight says that for various reasons, shelters up north generally have more space than shelters in the South.
“There’s really strict breeding laws up there, a lot of spay and neuter laws. The overpopulation just isn’t what it is down here,” she said.
The Terrebonne Parish Animal Shelter staff uses a similar program through PetSmart Charities called Rescue Waggin’, moving hundreds of dogs through the program since 2010.