April 24th, 2012 by Doll Stanley
Hope Animal Sanctuary Director Doll Stanley, along with volunteer Lisa Martin and staff member Lainey Mansour, left IDA’s sanctuary in Mississippi on April 23 with 108 dogs and two kittens. This is the larger of two transports scheduled for the next week to Every Creature Counts in Colorado. This transport is mostly small dogs and puppies, while the next will be mainly large dogs – some 60 of them to be exact.
This team is no stranger to transports, but two in just over a week is a lot to ask, even of seasoned transporters. Hope Animal Sanctuary fills up quickly and our rescue partners in Colorado have plenty of space and several big adoption events scheduled. It takes a lot of effort and fundraising to make these transports happen, but it makes all the difference in the world to the individual animals on the truck who will end up in loving homes.
Transporting the animals is just the final step of many steps required to make these transports possible. Most if not all of the animals have been spayed/neutered by Dr. Bushby and his team of veterinary students from Mississippi State University. Others were vetted and cared for by Dr. Abernethy and his team at Veterinary Associates in Grenada. We were fortunate to be able to help several of our rescue partners in other parts of Mississippi and received dogs from Sherri Norquist in Cleveland, Cindy Bailey from Mississippi Animal Rescue League in Jackson, and from Winona Animal Advocacy in Winona.
Last, but certainly not least, a huge thank you to the staff at Hope Animal Sanctuary who have truly performed above and beyond – Rob Hollis, Lainey Mansour, Sarah Thomas, and Kelly Stokes. Without their dedication and commitment, none of the amazing things we accomplished would be possible.