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Dubuque Regional Humane Society part of effort to relocate more than 5,000 animals

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

More than 5,000 animals were given a shot at finding their forever homes last year, thanks to a new program from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

The program, called the WaterShed Animal Fund Rescue Ride, takes animals from overcrowded shelters in the south and brings them to northern shelters with more room.

The Dubuque Regional Humane Society is one of those destination shelters.  In all, the program moved more than 1,100 cats and 4,500 dogs.

More than 700 of those animals were from areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

“Relocation continues to be a major component to life-saving for companion animals in the United States,” said Christy Counts, President, WaterShed Animal Fund. “The WaterShed Animal Fund is proud to support the ASPCA in its continued work in this area and look forward to the day when relocation is no longer necessary.”

Cumulatively, the ASPCA’s Animal Relocation Program moved 28,444 animals across the country in 2017. Animals were transported via the Nancy Silverman Rescue Ride (East Coast), the WaterShed Animal Fund Rescue Ride (Midwest), and the West Coast Animal Relocation Program (West Coast). 

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