Cache Humane had one of its largest dog transfers on Monday night, bringing in over 25 dogs to the shelter. Cath Manrique, the fundraising and volunteer coordinator for Cache Humane, said when the shelter has multiple kennels open they will work with other shelters who are in high-traffic areas.
“We work with these shelters to transfer as many animals as possible,” Manrique said. “The one we work with in California is a high kill shelter, which basically means that the supply heavily outweighs the demand leaving them with far too many animals and the only way they can solve this problem is either to transfer them out or to euthanize them.”
The weekend before the transfer took place, Zappos.com, an online shoe and clothing store, covered the adoption fee’s for all animals adopted from Cache Humane from black friday until cyber monday which cleared out dozens of kennels.
We had this transfer scheduled for months while we only found out about what Zappos.com was doing a few weeks ago,” Manrique said. “The timing was impeccable and allowed us to save even more animals than we had previously thought we could.”
The amount of animals that need to be transferred out of the high kill shelters is more than Cache Humane can take which requires them to limit the amount of dogs they take in. Heather Hailes, the customer service manager, said this is an emotional process.
“They give us a list of the animals they are going to send to us and we try our hardest to save as many as we can but we do have to pick and choose based on what breeds we know will be easily adopted here,” Hailes said. “It’s a bit of a balancing act because we are all animal lovers here so it’s difficult to choose because if there is a dog on the list who you haven't picked, it could very well be one that ends up getting killed.”
California is not the only place Cache Humane transfers animals from, it works with shelters located in Arizona, New Mexico or anywhere help is needed. Manrique said there is an entire network of people all over the nation that work together to save these animals.
“The reality of it is, in order to save and prevent homeless pets, it takes a network of people transporting and moving the animals to the place they will be adopted and not get euthanized,” Manrique said.