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Mar 11, 2014 4:07 PM by PRESS RELEASE

Humane Society's new "TransPUPtation" van hits the road

The Humane Society of Louisiana is thrilled to announce that their new "TransPUPtation" van is on the road bearing its inaugural adoption. Twenty-seven rescued dogs from the Deep South are headed north on their way to new homes.

For years, the Humane Society of Louisiana has been matching homeless dogs with loving families in the Northeast by working with numerous partners, saving the lives of thousands of pets who would otherwise die in local shelters. Because there are fewer homeless animals in Northeast communities, unwanted pets are in high demand.

Unfortunately, the charity's lifesaving TransPUPtation program was halted in mid-2013 when the Humane Society's adoption transport van broke down due to eight years of constant use. The organization then enlisted the support of New Orleans-based First Bank and Trust to raise the needed funds for a new van, making the program operational again.

"The Humane Society is very grateful to First Bank and Trust for playing a huge role in helping us acquire the van," says Executive Director, Jeff Dorson. During the last three months of 2013, First Bank and Trust held raffles, collected donations and personally contributed to the purchase of the van.

Gary Blossman, President and CEO of First Bank and Trust commented, "As a community bank it is important that we not only help our two legged citizens but our 4 legged ones also. It has been a pleasure to partner with the Humane Society of LA and witness on a first hand basis all the good and exceptional work they do for animals in our area."

The Humane Society's crew is first stopping in New Jersey, then heading to Connecticut with a final stop in Maine, delivering the last four dogs to waiting families. A team of three drivers, including Johnna Harris, HSL's Animal Services Director; Crystal Jenkins, Animal Caretaker; and Ashley Gardenier, a volunteer driver with New Jersey's Little Critter Fund who flew to Louisiana to assist with the cross-country trek, are taking turns allowing the voyage to occur with minimal stops.

"It's exciting to be on the road in the new TransPUPtation vehicle," says HSL's Johnna Harris. "We estimate that we will be able to save more than 6,000 homeless animals in this van, thanks to everyone who generously donated to help us purchase it."

Despite the acquisition of the new TransPUPtation vehicle, the costs of operating the cross-country transports are expensive for the private charity, costing approximately $2,500 per trip. Each transport has a gas cost exceeding $1,000, and each pet requires shots, health certificates and other veterinary care prior to departure.

If you would like to support the Humane Society's inaugural TransPUPtation adoption transport can donate on their website at www.HumaneLA.org, contribute on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HumaneLA or send a tax-deductible contribution to: Humane Society of Louisiana, PO Box 740321, New Orleans, LA 70174.

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