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Record number of animals to be transferred from LMAS to new shelters Thursday

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – To help with overcrowding, some animals at Louisville Metro Animal Services are transferred to other shelters in different states. From cute little kittens to dogs with wagging tails, the program has been transporting animals since 2013. Its mission is simple.

“Three words: To save lives,” said LMAS Executive Director Jessica Montgomery.

But Montgomery says the transport set for Thursday is unlike any other.

“This is huge. This is the biggest we've done. Up to 47 dogs are going tonight to Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota,” said Montgomery.

LMAS picks animals that the shelters up north are looking for -- driving them in the "Ruff Riders" truck from a crowded shelter to one that has plenty of space.

“We're over capacity here. We're over 400 animals today. So we need every opportunity to move animals to save lives to give them another chance at life someplace else and these places have waiting lists and adopters and they have empty shelters,” said Montgomery.

These trips aren’t as simple as loading up the animals and hitting the road. Montgomery says they require a lot of planning and the trips themselves take a lot of work.

“They take all the dogs out one by one, make sure they're walked, go to the bathroom, get some food, get some water, get some love and then we put them back in there very safely,” said Montgomery.

But Montgomery says it's more than worth it. She adds everyday there is a line of people waiting to drop off animals before the building is even open. The hope is to find them all a family and have their own yard to run and play in.

“We only euthanize here for medical reasons and irreparable behavior that won't allow that animal to be adopted out. We exhaust every single resource we can before we have to go down that road and we don’t like doing it,” said Montgomery.

That’s where the transport program comes into play -- having moved 829 animals in two years.

“You can't fathom what 800 animals look like,” said Montgomery.

The animal transfers happen every two weeks.

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