Animal transport program

Transport dogs

In addition to partnering with local rescues, Animal Humane Society works with organizations across the country to transport animals from areas where shelters are overwhelmed and often lacking critical resources and funding. Transport programs help create space so these shelters can help even more animals.

Last year, more than 8,500 animals from local and national rescue transport partners were brought to AHS in search of a new home.

Animal Transport Alliance

Although some animals are brought to Minnesota by other rescue groups or organizations, including American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), AHS sends its own transport team directly to source shelters.

In 2016, AHS created the Animal Transport Alliance. The goal of the new alliance wasn't just to move animals, but to create a network of shelter mentorship and collaboration among source and destination shelters as well. 

Animal Transport Alliance truck

Our transport vehicles travel 115,000 miles per year, covering a 2,300-mile stretch. A generous donation from AHS supporters Richard and Susan Goldman funded the group’s first vehicle, a 36-foot climate-controlled truck that can comfortably transport up to 40 kennels between shelters up to 12 hours away.

Become an AHS Transport Partner

If your organization is interested in becoming an AHS Transport Partner, or you have questions about our program, submit an interest form and we'll get back to you promptly.

Life-saving stories

Read more about our transport program and meet some of the animals who've found their second chance thanks to this program.

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