Our mission is simple:
Rescue, rehabilitate, and find forever homes for abandoned and homeless animals. Actually accomplishing this goal is a little more complex though.
Dixie Adoptables is a small city shelter but is also the only shelter in the county. Even so, we help as many county animals as we can. In fact, over seventy percent of our intakes are from outside the city. This means there are always more animals in need than there is room. That is why we have connected with rescues in areas with strong spay/neuter laws in other parts of the United States. As it turns out, they have a much different problem; they have more people wanting to adopt than they have animals. We see an opportunity!
These partnerships with other rescues and pet transport services allow us to rescue more animals. They pick animals up at our shelter and transport them to shelters up north where their new families are waiting for them. This also allows us to shorten the animals’ time in the shelter and free up kennels for other needy animals. These partnerships make all of the difference in our ability to help the large volume of strays that are in this area. Over 65% of the animals that come into the shelter are transported to other parts of the country. That is over 400 extra lives saved through these partnerships each year. Transport is pivotal to the rescue efforts in our community.
The Next Phase
While this system is working well, we know that even more can be saved through the ability to transport ourselves. What is needed now is the ability to transport more animals through more partnerships and to increase the number of transports per month. This will save more lives and reduce the waiting list, which is important because every day that passes for an animal on that list increases the chances that it could be killed or dumped, a very common occurrence in this area.
Last year an extremely generous supporter helped Dixie Adoptables purchase a commuter bus to make moving many animals to events easier. We call this bus the “Dixie Express”. With the bus available and the need to transport more animals, we again see an opportunity.
The Big Picture
The goal is to begin using the bus to transport animals to new homes in other parts of the country. This will allow us to not only help many more animals, but also reduce transport costs by “cutting out the middleman”. We will also use this service to “pay it forward” to other area rescues by making space available on our bus to them.
What You Can Do
We need your help to make Dixie Express a reality. A lot needs to happen to get this project off the ground , and without you, we can’t do it. . The bus will need maintenance (for example, new tires, new batteries, etc.), at least 25 additional kennels and hanging water bowls.
The funds to finance the first few transports including fuel and meals and wages for the drivers will also be needed. Once Dixie Express is up and running though, it will pay for itself through transport fees collected from the receiving shelters. Unfortunately it will take at least 60 days to start seeing those payments.
All of this requires a lot of up-front expense, but the long-term payoff will be tremendous. Once the service is operational, the shelter will be able to save more animals each month, The waiting list will shrink, we will be better able to serve county residents, animals will spend less time in the shelter, and other area shelters will also be helped.
The primary goal is to raise enough money to pay for bus upgrades and the first four transports. A secondary goal is to pay off the bus so that all of the revenue generated from transports can be used to help animals.
What Your Donation Can Do:
- $10 will buy one travel water bowl
- $25 will provide travel vaccinations for one dog or cat
- $50 will feed all of the animals during one transport
- $100 will buy one medium transport kennel
- $150 will buy one large transport kennel
- $200 will cover one month’s bank payment for the bus
- $225 will buy one new tire for the bus
- $450 will buy two tires for the bus
- $1000 will pay for fuel for one transport
- $2000 will completely pay for one transport with 50 - 60 animals