Dakin has nine dogs and seven new cats in its care after helping rescue more than 350 animals from a shelter in Texas.

“El Paso Animal Services, facing an animal population at critical capacity, arranged its first-ever mega transport on July 2,” Dakin said in a press release. “More than 350 animals were flown to California, Wisconsin and New Jersey, where representatives from shelters and rescue organizations met planes and collected animals to bring to their locations.”

Volunteers for Dakin went to New Jersey to pick up a few of the dogs and cats.

“While animal overpopulation isn’t a problem in the northeast anymore, in other parts of the country it’s a different story, with way too many family-friendly animals, and not enough adopters for them,” said Dakin’s executive director, Carmine DiCenso. “Partnering with other shelters is essential in animal welfare.”

The animals have to be medically and behaviorally evaluated before they can become available for adoption.

When available, they will be listed on Dakin’s website. There are currently three dogs, 13 cats and many other small animals available for adoption.

BISSELL Pet Foundation (BPF) funded the transports. Since if was founded in 2011, it has provided support to shelters in all 50 states and has impacted the lives of more than 340,000 pets, the company said.

“These countrywide transports have become an integral part of the Foundation’s day-to-day efforts, helping relieve overcrowded shelters while giving new opportunities for adoption,” said Cathy Bissell. “This milestone event is demonstrative of how many pets are in need of care and how much the shelters need support from their community to get them adopted.”

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