The WayStation program safely transports dogs from overcrowded shelters to pet shelters in other parts of the country where shelter resources are more readily available and where demand for dogs may be higher. The WayStation program has also helped relocate dogs following natural disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
The program has been funded by a $1.2 million grant from PetSmart Charities since September 1, 2017. During the year-long span since then, the WayStation program has transported over 4,000 dogs to shelters where they’ve had a much higher chance of being adopted into loving families.
“Many people may not realize that the large-scale practice of transporting pets emerged from the needs made clear in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. But whether we’re talking about transporting displaced pets following natural disasters, or simply relocating them to give them a better chance of finding a loving home, pet transport continues to be an important part of reducing pet homelessness and a best practice PetSmart Charities is committed to supporting through grant funding.”
— David Haworth, President, PetSmart Charities
For more information about the WayStation Program, check out the full release.
Source: One Year After Receiving a $1.2 Million Grant from PetSmart Charities, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center’s WayStation Program Celebrates Saving the Lives of 4,000 Dogs Through Pet Transport Initiative