Since 2005, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals has transported 80,000 cats and dogs to partner rescue groups, adoptive and foster homes, spay/neuter appointments, and veterinary providers with our Wheels of Hope transport program. Our six transport vans run seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, to help NYC’s shelter pets and feral and stray community cats. This month, we are bringing you stories of organizations and individuals who are saving the lives of animals in New York City with the help of our Wheels of Hope. We hope you enjoy these Wheels of Hope: Tales from the Road!
“The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals’ Wheels of Hope (WOH) transport program has been invaluable in our mission,” says Loren McAuley of Rebound Hounds ResQ. The non-profit organization is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of shelter animals. Loren estimates that Rebound Hounds has, to date, taken more than 1,200 animals out of shelters (most of which are in New York City) and placed them in foster homes. And WOH has been there to provide transportation on many occasions.
Loren reports that WOH routinely goes the literal “extra mile” and drives animals to foster homes even if they are hours away from New York City. She remembers Shane, a scared, emaciated, mangy pup that Rebound Hounds pulled from the city shelter. WOH delivered him into the arms of his foster mom, who was waiting for him in New England.
“There is no doubt that Wheels of Hope saves lives every single day,” says Loren. “We, truthfully, would not be saving as many dogs as we do without it!”
Keep the Wheels Turning for NYC’s Animals!
Our current Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals Wheels of Hope fleet has driven a combined 1,415,198 life-saving miles! Our oldest transport vans each have now logged more than 300,000 miles, and our maintenance costs continue to rise with each vehicle’s mileage. In order to sustain the incredible pace we have set for NYC’s animals, we now are in need of a new Wheels of Hope transport van.
This month, as we race to help even more animals find homes for the new year, please join our campaign to keep the Wheels of Hope reliably turning in 2015 and beyond. Your tax-deductible donation will help us continue to help others save precious lives and bring hope to the littlest New Yorkers in the new year. Donate now at http://bit.ly/TurnWheels.