Humane Society of Tulsa Aims to Make History on World Spay Day!

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A record-setting 70 homeless pets are set to be transported from Tulsa, Okla., to Boulder, Colo., aboard PetSmart Charities® Rescue Waggin’® Vehicle

— Did you know that February 28, 2012 is World Spay Day?


Hundreds of thousands of shelters and non-profit organizations will focus on worldwide pet overpopulation, and the Humane Society of Tulsa (HST) is no exception.


On February 28, to continue its efforts to reduce the homeless pet population in Tulsa, HST plans to board a record-setting 70 dogs and puppies on PetSmart Charities® Rescue Waggin’® vehicle, for their life-saving trip to Boulder, Colorado, where pet overpopulation is non-existent.
The Humane Society of Tulsa is one of 60 shelters that participate in the PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin’ program – a national transport program that transfers adoptable dogs and puppies from animal shelters in communities with severe pet overpopulation problems and few adopters to animal shelters in other communities where adoptable dogs and puppies are more in demand.


“This will be the largest Rescue Waggin’ transport ever from an individual shelter,” says Susana Della Maddalena, Executive Director for PetSmart Charities. “Clearly, the Humane Society of Tulsa is very committed to getting as many dogs and puppies as they can aboard the Rescue Waggin’ vehicle every month. We’re very proud of their efforts to save the lives of so many dogs in their community.”


According to PetSmart Charities, this is not the first record set by HST. In 2011, HST sent 642 dogs and puppies aboard the Rescue Waggin’ vehicle, the most of any shelter in a single year in the program.


“We were thrilled last year to find out we transferred more pets than any other group in the program,” says Gina Gardner, HST President and Co-Founder. “By sending 70 dogs and puppies in one trip, we feel this really steps it up a notch. We want to make it known how serious we are about ending the homeless pet problem in Tulsa.”


Every month, the Rescue Waggin’ vehicle pulls up to the HST adoption center to board dozens of the organization’s dogs and puppies. These dogs are then taken on an air-conditioned custom-ride, which includes piped-in lullabies, before reaching their destination shelter in Colorado. Once they arrive, the dogs get 12-24 hours of rest before getting a medical check-up, spay/neuter surgery, and placement on the adoption floor.

Dogs transported to Colorado are generally adopted within a week of arriving at the destination shelter.

The Rescue Waggin’ Program, which operates in the East Coast, Midwest, Great Plains, and South Central states, provides animal shelters with a viable alternative to euthanasia. More than 52,000 dogs and puppies have been saved through the Rescue Waggin’ program since it began in 2004.
For more information on the Humane Society of Tulsa, please visit To learn more about Rescue Waggin’ program, as well as other programs that PetSmart Charities supports and creates, visit

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