More than 20 dogs transported to AHS from overcrowded shelter in El Paso, Texas

AHS responds to urgent request from El Paso Animal Services, welcoming more than 20 dogs as part of historical 'mega-transport'

Two dogs sharing a kennel at El Paso Animal Services shelter

On Thursday, July 1, Animal Humane Society's transport team travelled to Madison, Wisconsin, to participate in one of the largest transports in pet rescue history.

AHS is one of a handful of organizations included in a nationwide emergency response aiding El Paso Animal Services, which is suffering from both severe overcrowding and extreme heat. With 700 animals in their care, El Paso Animal Services was housing up to four dogs to a kennel. In partnership with the Dane County Humane Society in Madison, Wisconsin, AHS will be taking 22 of the nearly 100 dogs that travelled 1,400 miles by plane from Texas to Wisconsin.

Once the dogs arrive at our Golden Valley shelter, they’ll receive medical and behavioral exams, critical vaccines, a clean kennel of their own, and individualized attention by staff at AHS.

AHS Transport team lifting kennel from airplane

In total, over 350 animals will be safely transported to shelters in California, New Jersey, and Wisconsin via plane. This special transport is one of the largest in pet rescue history, and is made possible by BISSELL Pet Foundation, Animal Rescue Corps, University of Florida’s Maddie Shelter Medicine Program, City of El Paso Animal Services, and a collaboration between animal shelters across the country.

Make a donation to support transport animals

In addition to these 30 dogs, AHS welcomed 40 more from a shelter in Oklahoma within the same week. Donate now to support our life-saving transport program and give dogs the second chances they deserve ― no matter where they're from. 

More about Animal Humane Society's transport program

AHS works with organizations across the country to transport animals from areas where shelters and rescues are overpopulated and over capacity with the number of animals needing new homes. Transport programs help create space so these shelters can focus their resources on the remaining animals in their care.

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

AHS staff helping with AHS El Paso transport
Lauren with small dog, Animal Humane Society El Paso Transport
El Paso transport to AHS, small Chihuahua mix
Young puppy, Animal Humane Society El Paso transport

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