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Moving on Up?

Troy Snow/

They emigrate from the deserts of the Middle East to the deserts of the Western United States. They leave their homelands of Puerto Rico, Mexico, The Bahamas, and Lebanon, crossing international borders on a bold journey into the unknown.

Stateside, their American counterparts embark on similar trips, boarding cars and vans in rural, resource-poor areas to head off to cosmopolitan environs in search of a better life. Even in the land of opportunity, it turns out, some opportunities are better than others—and not just for the two-legged set.

Their nomadic lives are part of an elaborate balancing act on the part of shelters and rescues to save as many animals as possible. But what happens to the homeless animals already living in the receiving community? Does the arrival of new animals lessen their chances for lifelong homes? In the following essays, five authors from local and national organizations explore these and other questions surrounding animal transfer.

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