The Humane Society of Wichita County has launched a new program where it's shipping dogs to shelters on the east coast in an effort to find them "forever homes".
Jan Herzog with the Humane Society says they are copying a program that was started by the Humane Society of Flower Mound out of the Metroplex.
Herzog says dogs are being sent where adoptable pets are in short supply.
She says the animals who have had a hard time finding homes in Texoma are getting a second chance at finding families.
Herzog says through the "Love on Wheels" program, the Humane Society has begun shipping dogs to shelters like Helping Hounds in Dewitt, New York in hopes of getting them adopted.
"They have a demand, people coming to them to adopt great than they can fill with their local, working with their local shelters," Herzog says. "There are not enough homes in Texas. I don't know of many shelters in Texas that can place every animal that they get in."
In addition, Herzog says dogs are transported with the help of the Dog Runner Pet Transport and all transportation fees are covered by Helping Hounds.
Unfortunately, she says pit bulls, pit bull mixes and chihuahuas are not being shipped at the moment because of overpopulation in that area.
"But other than that, the breed is not that important," Herzog says. "We look at a dog that is healthy, that has a nice temperament. One that's not aggressive of course and one that is not overly shy."
She says the Humane Society will do what it takes to find all animals in need a "forever home".
"To me it's a light at the end of the tunnel. These other places can do this, we can too. If it means shipping some dogs halfway across the continent, I'm willing to do that," Herzog says.
Since May 2013, she says 14 dogs have been shipped to the east coast and on Oct. 6, another six dogs will sent off to find homes.
Herzog says the transport trailer is equipped with heating and cooling depending on the weather and they stop every four hours on their journey to make sure the dogs can get out and stretch.