ASPCA Mapping and Moving Dogs and Cats to Minimize Crowding at Shelters

I've written about the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and GIS before, Now comes news of a new map, Moving Animals Places (MAP), that tracks how full shelters are across the country. The idea is to help form partnerships between shelters to move animals to relieve crowding and find more animals homes. Any shelter can sign up and be included. The actual moving takes time, money and volunteers to ensure a safe trip, but sponsors like Subaru have stepped up to fund some moves.

Since the free online database started in July, 347 shelters in 47 states and Puerto Rico have signed on.

Early estimates show at least 362 dogs and 12 cats have been moved through MAP. However, it will be spring before exact numbers are known because not all the moves have been reported, said Sandy Monterose, senior director of ASPCA community initiatives, including the Animal Relocation and Transport team, which created and runs MAP.

Sadly, I can share a screenshot of MAP since its for member shelters only. Still, I think we all agree it's a good thing it exists!

- Sioux City Journal

image from FlickrCC-BY-SA, by cj&erson

Published Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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