Animal Rescues and Pet Transporters

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Animal shelters have been hit hard in recent years by the recession.  Not only are they receiving more animals from people who can no longer afford their pets, but shelters have also seen a decline in donations and grants because of the hard economic times.  Luckily, small volunteer rescue groups have been stepping in to help.  In recent years, a network of animal-loving volunteers has sprung up around the country that transport dogs and cats from overcrowded shelters, often in the south, to small rescues and eventually homes in the North.  This hour, we’ll talk about this movement in animal rescue and about the problems shelters are facing today.  Our guests are Dr. MICHAEL MOYER, Director of Shelter Animal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, and INGA FRICKE, Director of Sheltering Initiatives for the Humane Society of the United States.  We’ll also learn about the work of animal transporter ERIN SILKS who helped move more thousands of dogs and cats from shelters in the South to homes in the North.  And, KELLY MCGINLEY, the Coordinator of the Central PA Animal Alliance’s Hounds of Prison Education or HOPE Program, will explain why putting pooches in prison is a good idea.

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