Transport

A TRANSPORT IS MORE THAN LOAD AND GO

 

The Lemhi County Humane Society (LCHS) Salmon Animal Shelter is so fortunate to have good working relationships with other animal shelters and rescues.  Since we are able to transfer our animals out to larger metropolitan areas the time an animal must wait for their forever home is significantly reduced.  There have been several instances that as dogs are unloaded from our transport vehicle an individual spots him/her.  They have literally run into the office saying “I want the dog that is coming in.”  Adoption YES!

Transport Starts Here

Transport Starts Here

Because we try our best to only transport healthy and well-adjusted animals these groups keep saying yes when we request a transfer.  If the animal does not fit in for any reason we will always bring it back to the Salmon Animal Shelter.  The LCHS treasures these relationships.  Without them we could not operate as a no-kill shelter.
A transport is not as simple as putting a dog or a cat in the vehicle and driving to a destination.  There is great effort put into communication and logistics.

100 Cars for Good

100 Cars for Good

The first step is for the Shelter staff and Board members to decide which animal has a better chance to find a home outside our area.  Then determining which group could best assist in their adoption.   The Shelter Manager makes contact either via email or telephone.  Accurate personality descriptions are a must in addition to pictures.  Some rescue groups require pictures of every angle of a dog.  (Dogs generally don’t understand the need to stand STILL while being photographed.)

Pose to the Right

Pose to the Right

 

Pose to the Back

Pose to the Back

 

Pose to the Left

Pose to the Left

Post to the Front

Post to the Front

Patiently waiting for a response is difficult because we so badly want our animals to find good homes NOW.

 

Once an affirmative response is received the leg work begins.  Finding a person to transport is the easiest part.  Mike O. is always “on call” as are our Board members.

Transporter Mike O.

Transporter Mike O.

The Shelter Manager verifies every animal has been spayed/neutered; chipped (dogs); wormed; and is up-to-date on vaccinations.  For transports into Montana a visit to the vet is necessary for every animal in order to obtain a Health Certificate.  A phone call is then made to the State of Montana for a permit number.  Each animal is described in detail (breed, color, age, rabies vaccine number, etc.)  Every piece of paperwork in the animal’s file is copied to accompany the animal.  By doing this step the receiving rescue group has a complete history of the animal.  We believe this helps our animals get into their system more quickly.

Paperwork Paperwork

Paperwork Paperwork

Some groups require that the health records are scanned and emailed to them in advance of the transport.  We do whatever it takes to get our animals moved so they can find their forever homes.

Transport Crew

Transport Crew

On the day of the transport the Shelter staff is hands on.  Dogs are individually crated unless they are puppies.  Puppies tend to like to cuddle for the trip.  Cats can be crated if their personalities allow.

Transport Loading

Transport Loading

 

 

 

 

Depending upon the transport some dogs are allowed to ride loose in the vehicle.

Cody and His Bed

Cody and His Bed

 

 

 

When pulling out of the Shelter with our Teton Toyota van loaded the noise can be DEAFENING.  Barking and meowing to the max.  Normally within a few miles all becomes quiet.  Then there are those that continue to make noise the entire trip.

Loaded to the Max

Loaded to the Max

One recent transport was with ten cats that had languished for months at our Shelter.  Within three weeks at the Humane Society of Western Montana (HSWM) in Missoula every cat had a family.  Totally heartwarming!  Another recent transport included ten dogs to HSWM and within one week everyone had homes.  That is what it is all about – ADOPTIONS TO FOREVER HOMES!

Bluebell's Intake at HSWM

Bluebell’s Intake at HSWM

It takes a great deal of effort on many levels to pull off a successful transport.  The payoff is so worth it.  To find a forever family for every animal that finds itself at the Salmon Animal Shelter is our reward.

Sometimes it is hard to say goodbye.  Little Bluebell touched our hearts.  There were a few tears shed watching her be so brave at her HSWM intake.  A few more were shed the next day when we were told she was ADOPTED.