Animal shelter seeks to match truckers with Land Line pets
The bond between a trucker and his pet can run deep. A Tennessee animal shelter hopes the link could help find homes for a growing number of pets.
Memphis Animal Services is launching a program to match truckers with pets in need of homes. The program offers truckers 50% off shelter adoptions. Adoption Fee Range from $10 to $80, depending on the type and age of the animal. Additionally, free pet beds may be made available to truckers who adopt through the program.
Katie Pemberton, marketing communications manager for Memphis Animal Services, said the “truck dog program” – which she admits is a working title – could be a perfect fit for many dogs at the shelter.
“It’s like life in a truck, although probably not for all dogs, for a lot of dogs there would be nothing better than always being there with your person,” Pemberton told Land Line Now. . “So that’s what we were thinking when we were talking about starting this truck dog program.”
According to the organization’s website, the shelter welcomes around 20 to 40 pets most days. Pemberton said the shelter has had the idea for a “truck dog” program for some time, but recent increases in incoming animals have led the shelter to take a “put everything on the table” approach to finding houses for all animals.
“We are definitely struggling. Animal shelters across the country are struggling. It’s honestly kind of a crisis that the animals coming in outnumber the animals going out. So we need more pets to go out,” Pemberton said. “I know a lot of truckers need companionship, so hopefully we can both benefit from it.”
People wishing to adopt a pet may encounter a number of obstacles, which vary from agency to agency. Pemberton says these obstacles can be especially difficult for truckers.
“We want people to know that we do open adoptions and that we’re not looking for reasons to deny an adoption,” she said. “I think in some cases the ability to drive a truck would be one of the many reasons people might get turned down by other agencies in the past.”
The bond between truckers and their pets isn’t the only draw. Pemberton says the shelter’s location, near Interstate 40 at exit 15 in Memphis, Tennessee, is ideal for truckers. In addition, truck parking is available in front of the shelter. To her knowledge, the program is the first of its kind, but Pemberton said she hopes it won’t be the last.
“I’ve never seen another shelter,” she said. “What I really hope is that it will be so successful that next summer I’m going to present at a conference on how every shelter that’s in the middle of the highway should do it. “