The trips requires two people, three makes the trip
a little easier. The trip is approximately 13 hours (in one direction).
On average we transport 21 pups/dogs per trip.
If you like to travel and like puppies too…don't
forget to check off " Driver for Puppies Across America trips
to Massachusetts" on the volunteer
How the Puppy Program Works:
MCAL asks for a minimum donation of $25 per puppy
($10 per puppy for a litter) in order to participate in the Puppy
Program. Each puppy receives the required amount of 5-in-1 shots
(puppies require a series of three shots beginning at five weeks
of age) and are wormed as required. Prior to transporting all puppies
are bathed, have their ears cleaned, nails clipped, etc. by our
volunteers. In addition, puppies are treated for any ailments they
may have (Parvo, broken or severed limbs, mange, kennel cough, malnourished,
etc.) Lastly, a health certificate, issued by a veterinarian, is
required for each puppy transporting across state lines.
Most importantly, under the Puppy Program Agreement,
the mother of the puppies MUST BE SPAYED. A Puppy Program Agreement
(contract) must be signed in order to participate.
It cost MCAL a minimum of $50 per puppy to make
it to the shelter in Massachusetts (more if unexpected health issues
arise). If the mother of the puppies is not spayed in accordance
with this agreement, MCAL will expect complete reimbursement of
any amount of money spent on the puppy/puppies (minimum of $50 per
puppy taken under this agreement).
Monroe County Animal League is very proud of this
program and we feel that it has considerably decreased the number
of strays and unwanted animals in the county. This translates in
to less dogs killed at our area vets and surrounding shelters, as
well as those that die more horrible deaths when left to fend for
themselves. Furthermore, each puppy taken into the program is spayed
or neutered, contributing to breaking the cycle of unwanted pets.