Birmingham, Alabama (WBRC) – The Greater Birmingham Humane Society (GBHS) has saved the lives of more than 9,000 pets through its transportation program, which has grown significantly over the past decade.
The charity reported 85 trips this year, up from two trips ten years ago, a significant increase.
GBHS marketing director Stephanie Salvago said it has served more than 17,000 pets this year, many of which have been transferred to other states and other countries.
Some of the pet transports will arrive, but most will leave if a hurricane or tornado hits, she said.
In total, volunteers make more than 340 trips each year, driving an average of 77,000 miles. Salvago says pets typically head north.
“Other parts of the country have shelters and communities that are in short supply of animals,” Salvago said. “They lack stray dogs and puppies, but we don’t. We have the perfect shelter, so if you have the best chance of finding a home that animal loves, it’s in Wisconsin.” , so that the animals can get there.
GBHS needs more volunteer drivers to help with transportation. There are also weekend trips and day trips for those who can’t make long drives.
“Being able to see these animals meet their eternal families is the most rewarding thing,” Salvago said.
She says GBHS will provide hotels, meals and lodging if volunteers drive far. Please call 205-942-1211 for more information.
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