What happens when two schools hundreds of miles apart have a passion for animal rescue? When a shelter in North Carolina was overcrowded and cats and dogs faced the threat of euthanasia these students took action! For their equally important roles in a recent humane relocation transport, first place is shared by two schools.

Harris Middle School in Spruce Pine, NC and MS88 in Brooklyn, NY worked together to help save shelter pets and ultimately find them forever homes. North Shore Animal League America’s Mutt-i-grees Pet Adoption Centers® partnered with Mitchell County Animal Rescue to transport cats and dogs from Spruce Pine, NC to Port Washington, NY. Lead by the Mutt-i-grees student national ambassadors from each school, students in Spruce Pine worked together to help prepare the animals for their long journey to the safety of the Animal League America’s campus, where students from MS88 were anxiously waiting to receive them. 

Upon arrival, the students helped unload the 19 cats and four dogs into our medical center where they were evaluated and prepared for adoption. Thanks to the students’ efforts, 23 lives were saved and Mitchell County Animal Rescue successfully freed up space to save 23 more lives! Together, these students saved a total of 46 lives! The next week, the students from two different worlds, Appalachia and New York City, connected via Skype to share their common goal – to raise awareness for those who have no voice.