Shreveport Group Helps Move Dogs North from East Texas Shelter | New
A The Shreveport organization on Thursday helped East Texas animal nonprofits transfer dozens of homeless shelter dogs across the north to the world’s largest no-kill rescue.
Nearly 50 dogs are heading north on a trip to finally find their new furry homes, thanks to a partnership with East Texas Animal Welfare Organizations and Paws 4 Life in Shreveport.
Organizations such as Friends of Marshall Animals, Friends of Jefferson Animals, Nicholas Pet Haven in Tyler and others were able to load a total of about 48 dogs into a van in Marshall on Thursday and send them north en route to North. Shore Animal League of America in Port Washington, New York, where they will be matched with new owners and sent to their new homes.
“We coordinate and organize transportation from shelters to kill and have worked with the North Shore Animal League of America for a long time,” Paws 4 Life president Tanya Parker said on Friday. “Organizations in East Texas usually bring their dogs here in Shreveport for transport, but since there were so many dogs this time around, we just did the transport from Marshall.”
Parker said FOJA had around 10 dogs in transport, FOMA had two dogs, Nicholas Pet Haven had 24 dogs, and a group of animals based in Natchitoches had several more, totaling nearly 50 dogs.
“The North Shore Animal League is the greatest deathless refuge in the world,” Parker said. “Since 2016, we have sent over 6,600 dogs and cats to them and have transported close to 1,400 this year alone. We typically ship about 70 a week from Marshall and other parts of eastern Texas.
Parker said homeless animals are able to find forever homes in the north, as pet abandonment and overcrowding is not as big a problem there as it is in the south.
“In the north, they don’t tolerate overpopulation,” she said. “They demand that all pets be spayed and neutered, and pet owners are fined if they don’t spay or neuter their pets.”
Parker said in addition to welcoming homeless animals and finding homes for them, the North Shore Animal League has also sent 40-foot vans of animal food to southern Louisiana for victims of the hurricane.
“These hurricane victims lost everything they owned, including pet food and blankets,” Parker said. “We take all the supplies there in several trips and several vehicles. “