120 puppies and kittens from South Mississippi are about to take the trip of their lives. The animals are heading to their new home in Maryland as part of "Operation Save Pets". The goal is to find shelters in other areas of the country, like Maryland, where there's a shortage of pets .
"They have licensing laws up there, spay and neuter laws up there, and they don't have a whole lot of puppies and kittens available for adoption, and we were overcrowded," Humane Society Employee Robin Bush said.
So far this year, the Humane Society of South Mississippi has taken in more than 7,300 homeless pets. More than 4,000 of them had to be euthanized.
Humane Society workers and volunteers had feared that these cute, cuddly animals would also be put to sleep. Instead, they know they're headed to good homes.
"They have agreed to screen the adoptees and make sure the animals are spayed or neutered before they leave the shelter, so that kinda makes us feel good too," Jennifer Hamill said.
It's a good feeling, knowing these weeks-old kittens and puppies are getting a second chance on life.
"We're going to miss them, but they're going to a good place, they're getting a good home, and we're really thankful for Maryland for helping out," Bush said.
Local residents and businesses donated more than $5,000 to sponsor each animal, cover expenses for the 20 hour trip, and help pay for the rental of the air conditioned truck. They're expected to arrive Friday morning where the Maryland SPCA and Humane Society Calvert County will take in the animals.