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Our Transport program, Headin’ Home, is the fastest growing life-saving program in SAPA!’s toolbox. Headin’ Home transports dogs to rescue partners in other states that don’t have the pet overpopulation problems that exist in Texas. Headin’ Home will save over 1,440 pets in 2017. Specifically, the lives saved belong to dogs slated for euthanasia at the San Antonio city shelter. These dogs, primarily large adults, would have a hard time finding homes in San Antonio, but are desired in other areas of the United States. Rather than these dogs taking their last breath here, they are given new hope, a new life, and a new family. Dogs transported to rescue partners are assessed medically and behaviorally, then matched to adopters. Most dogs are adopted within 1 week of arrival, and generally the entire group is adopted within 2 weeks of arrival! SAPA!’s transport program operates within best practice guidelines for rescue transportation. SAPA! only sends dogs who meet guidelines set by the receiving shelters, all of which are registered nonprofits.
You can help us send a plane or truck full of wagging tails to happier trails. Please sponsor a dog today! Then have a look below at some of our success stories. With your help, these lucky dogs are Headin’ Home!
Our northern transports are only possible with the help of our Sleepover Foster Parents! Host a Transport dog in your home for a very short time: 1-3 weeks (or even just a few days!) By letting a dog sleepover at your house for a few nights, you are saving TWO lives: the one you take home, which allows us to save another dog from euthanasia immediately! To find out more about fostering a transport dog please email: Kaleigh.Burke@sanantoniopetsalive.org or sign up to be a sleepover foster here.
Sweet Zoe came into the city shelter and sadly found herself on the euthanasia list. SAPA saved Zoe and although she was quiet and unsure at first, it didn't take long for her to warm up and start wagging her tail- and we saw that sweet personality come out! Zoe was selected for our transport program, she enjoyed her time in her temporary foster home, and then she was off to her new future in Portland, OR. She was adopted to a wonderful home, and is enjoying her first summer in the Pacific Northwest!
Heidi was a quiet girl when she came into the shelter. She would curl up on her bed to try to make herself look small. Hundreds of people must have walked by her kennel, without noticing her and sadly she ended up on the euthanasia list. She was rescued by SAPA and was found to be heartworm positive. She was treated by SAPA for her heartworms, and then she was ready for her forever home up north! Heidi was adopted to an amazing family that loves to take her out hiking, and she had a blast on the beach! She snores when she naps and is the best snuggler!