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A 501c3 Animal Transport Program


Almost every week, The Shelter Dog Transport Alliance partners with over a dozen county shelter systems that are experiencing overcrowding and are in need of valuable space. When our shelters are at capacity, we safely transport at-risk dogs and cats to Northern rescue partners where forever homes anxiously await them. Because of strict spay/neuter laws, our Northern states have tackled pet overpopulation and are able to open their homes and hearts to our shelter animals in need.

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Ways to Help Today


SDTA is a non-profit, all-volunteer 501c3 public charity that operates solely on donations. Every cent you donate goes directly to the cause. Our main expenses revolve around needing gas money to get our pups to safety, as well as mandatory vet checks for each shelter animal to be approved for travel. For just $25 you can know that a shelter dog was able to be transported to a second chance at life. PLEASE NOTE: If you are planning on making a large donation, please consider mailing a check to avoid bank fees.  All donations are tax deductible.

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Help with a transport

There's so many things that need to get done to have a successful transport. If a shelter dog needs rescued in your county, then we need to get that pup to our transport van. On the actual day of a transport, we need dog lovers to give out plenty of hugs and walks to prepare our pups for their big trip. And...most importantly we would love to have volunteer drivers willing to donate their time to make a life-saving trip up North happen. 

Be a short term foster

The majority of our shelters are completely overcrowded, so as new animals arrive the shelter must make space. Fostering with us is short-term, we just need to keep our dogs safe while they await transport. Our transports are scheduled ahead of time so you'll know exactly how long we'll need your help. We'll make sure you're given everything you need to hold tight to our pups while they wait for their second chance through transport. 

Share the message

Not everyone has the extra time or funds to donate to our program. That doesn't mean you still can't help. We need to spread the word that many of our county shelter systems are so overburdened, that without transport support loss of life would be unavoidable. If you can share through word of mouth or social media that our State needs to start prioritizing spay/neuter initiatives we would greatly appreciate it. We need to move to more sustainable solutions to overpopulation rather than just sending our animals North. 

From Homeless to Happiness...

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