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Coffee Break: Longest Distance Traveled to Adopt or Reclaim an Animal

What’s the longest distance someone has traveled to adopt or reclaim an animal from your agency/organization? That’s the question we asked for this issue’s Coffee Break, and you responded with tales showing that when people fall in love with an animal—or want to get a family member home—distance is no obstacle.

There was a dog by the name of Titus who was getting really stressed and scared. We were going to see if we could find an alternative place for him. Within one day of him being removed off the adoption floor, a gentleman called from Alaska and asked if we still had him. He flew out the next day, and spent most of the day with him to try to get him to warm up to him. Titus got adopted and is on his way to Alaska as we speak.

Angela Wheatley, adoption counselor, Southwest Washington Humane Society, Vancouver, Washington

We run a small animal shelter in Picayune, Miss. A family in Juneau, Alaska, wanted a Manx kitten and saw two Manx brothers listed on our website. The husband, Mr. Sullivan, called inquiring about these kittens, and a few days later, he flew down to adopt them. We were amazed that he would come so far, and our local newspaper even did a story on it. He ran into a lot of problems on his trip, too numerous to mention in 150 words, but it turned into quite an ordeal. In spite of all this, he said he has no regrets about coming, and that they are wonderful kittens. He still sends us e-mail and pictures.

Maria Diamond, president, Pearl River County SPCA, Picayune, Mississippi

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