A New Way to Save More Shelter Animals

The problem of overcrowded animal 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.

Article by Laura Moss

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Christine Jones
Christine Jones8 months ago

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.

Carrie-Anne Brown
Carrie-Anne Brown10 months ago

great idea, thanks for sharing :)

kristi O.
Kristi O.1 years ago

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

Elisa F.
Elisa F.1 years ago

Spreading the Love :) Thanks for sharing.

Cindy Miars
Cindy Miars1 years ago

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

Oleg Kobetz
Oleg Kobetz1 years ago


Susanne P.
Susanne P.1 years ago

Good idea, but nothing new...

Loretta P.
Loretta P.1 years ago

Great news.

Barb Hansen
Barb Hansen1 years ago


Tricia Hamilton
Tricia Hamilton1 years ago

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