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A New Way to Save More Shelter Animals

A New Way to Save More Shelter Animals

The problem of overcrowdedanimal shelters is a common one in the U.S., but there are also shelters that occasionally have too few cats or dogs to adopt out.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ MAP program, which stands for Moving Animals Places, works to solve that imbalance. The first national program of its kind makes it easier for participating shelters to contact one another and organize relocations that will move pets to locations where they’re more likely to be adopted. The free, interactive database launched in July 2013; since then, 347 shelters in 47 states and Puerto Rico have registered.

Early data shows that at least 362 dogs and 12 cats have been moved through MAP, but the ASPCA says it’s still too early to get exact numbers because not all moves have been reported. Sandy Monterose, senior director of ASPCA community initiatives, says relocating pets from overcrowded shelters saves them from euthanasia. “It is a supply and demand issue,” she told The Associated Press. “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?”

Shelters can join MAP by filling out an online questionnaire about vaccination and spay-and-neuter policies and any transportation equipment they have available.

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10:15PM PDT on Mar 20, 2015

Love this common sense idea. One of our groups here in Australia does this too. SAFE (Saving Animals from Euthanasia) moves pets around depending on demand. Our country is very big indeed so they often have to go by plane. It saves lots of lives.

6:13AM PST on Jan 9, 2015

great idea, thanks for sharing :)

6:44PM PST on Feb 28, 2014

Love this idea!!!!!!!!!!!

3:12PM PST on Feb 25, 2014

Spreading the Love :) Thanks for sharing.

5:51AM PST on Feb 24, 2014

I currently own one of these dogs. Molly was saved from a kill shelter & I am so thankful she was saved.

1:43AM PST on Feb 20, 2014


2:34PM PST on Feb 19, 2014

Good idea, but nothing new...

3:18PM PST on Feb 17, 2014

Great news.

8:44AM PST on Feb 17, 2014


12:22PM PST on Feb 16, 2014

It is a wonderful Idea especially if the people who take them in will ship them to places who have loving homes.

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