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Bruce is our 1000th dog saved with this innovative program.

HUMANE SOCIETY OF FLOWER MOUND SENDS 1000TH DOG TO NEW YORK THROUGH LOVE ON WHEELS PROGRAM

On March 4, 2013, the Humane Society of Flower Mound (HSFM) put three dogs on a truck bound for Dewitt, NY and a new life thanks to an innovative new program that sends dogs to partner organizations in other parts of the United States where adoptable dogs are in short supply. Just under two years later, "Bruce," a nine-month-old shepherd mix, has become the 1000th dog saved by this wildly successful program.

Love on Wheels takes dogs facing euthanasia from shelters in the DFW area and sends them to rescue organizations in the northeast such as New York, where effective spay/neuter and education programs have resulted in adopters being placed on waiting lists to find available rescued dogs.

"It's been quite a journey," said Stacy Smith, Vice President of Animal Advocacy for HSFM. "When we started out we were hoping to save perhaps a few hundred dogs To see number 1000 get on that truck, knowing what his fate would have been here in Texas... well, it's an emotional day for us all."

Foster homes are critical to the program. Dogs are housed with foster homes for 2-4 weeks prior to transport to ensure they are healthy and temperamentally sound. When ready, the dogs are sent to a partner shelter, Helping Hounds Dog Rescue of Dewitt, NY, where volunteers greet them and find them homes. "Our foster homes are what sets Love on Wheels apart from other programs," she said. "Foster homes allow us to ensure the dogs are healthy and ready to make the trip, but more importantly, they provide important information to the receiving organization about the dogs' personalities, which lets them start looking for adopters before the dogs even arrive."

Love on Wheels has been nationally recognized as a model for other transport programs, which are gaining popularity around the country. The program will be highlighted at the Humane Society of the United States' annual conference, HSUS Expo, in New Orleans in March, as well as Texas Unites, a statewide gathering of animal welfare professionals in April.

The program is not without cost: each dog costs HSFM approximately $150, which the organization does not recoup in adoption fees. Smith said the financial support of the community is vital to sustain Love on Wheels. "Without donors, these dogs simply would not be saved, period," she said. Those interested in fostering or donating can find more information here.

To contact the Love on Wheels staff, email wheels@humanetomorrow.org.

Since 1997, HSFM has given hope to thousands of homeless, abused, and unwanted animals in Flower Mound and the surrounding communities by providing spay/neuter programs, adoption opportunities, and education to the public about animal welfare. Please visit www.humanetomorrow.org for more information.

Contact information: Stacy Smith, 817-692-6627, wheels@humanetomorrow.org