Shelter Partners

Shelby Humane Society's Shelter Partners Program, founded in November, 2006, is a volunteer driven (literally) transport program providing second chances for thousands of dogs.  Please visit our Shelter Partners Blog at to see how the transport program changes the lives of so many.







Shelter Partners moves pets from Shelby County, which is experiencing extreme animal overpopulation, to shelters in states where the success and enforcement of animal and spay and neuter laws and initiatives limit the number of pets available for adoption. Shelby Humane works with a dedicated group of partner shelters to find new forever families for dogs being transported. With rare exception, the dogs and puppies transferred are placed with adoptive families within a few days of becoming available for adoption at our partner shelters.




This program would not be possible without the dedicated volunteers who are willing to drive 19-23 hours to make these life-saving trips possible. We are always in need of additional drivers so we can make more trips and save more lives!




Please visit our Happy Tails page which includes adoption day photos and updates for many of the dogs that have benefited from this wonderful program!


Save a Life - Sponsor a Dog for Our Next Shelter Partners trip!


Each Shelter Partners trip costs SHS $1,200 - $1,300. For $50, you can sponsor one of the dogs leaving our shelter to go to New Hampshire. We will send you a picture of the dog that benefits from your kindness and any information we have about it.


Sponsorship makes a wonderful gift for loved ones. E-mail Sara at if you would like to learn more about Gift Sponsorship. Download an Application if you would like to mail your Sponsorship rather than pay online.


Download the Shelter Partners Driver Overview Information
Download the Driver Questionnaire