Similar to the thread from a couple of years ago on "worthwhile" transports, but not quite the same.
I love flying PnP missions, and try to help on any that come near me, so don't get the wrong idea. My wife and I have even fostered animals in the past too (can't right now). But often, I get auto-e-mailed requests that make me say, huh?
Not sure how to word this without sounding like a complete turd, but here goes:
A recent typical example (although there are many others, this one just came in today), is "2 cats from SLC, UT to CT", and the text states that they are going from a rescue to a forever home. My first thought is, "what, nobody in SLC wants a couple of cats?" But then I remember from MY foster work how much work it must take to find a home 2000 miles away, and so my second thought is "there must be a good reason or they wouldn't bother".
But I'll be darned if I can't come up with a "good reason" that a rescue would look that far away for an adopter. I suppose it could be "hey, my aunt Barb in CT wants some more cats", but that still seems like a lot of effort unless these are some kind of rare or special cats. Alternately, aren't there any cats in CT for Aunt Barb to adopt?
I don't mean to make it sound like I think that finding homes for any dogs or cats is easy - I know it's not, having done that myself. Supply often well exceeds demand. And you start talking about St Bernard rescues, yes I can see it taking a nationwide search to adopt them out. Of course if it's from a shut-down puppy mill, that's one thing, but most of the "questionable" ones I see don't seem to be anything like that.
Can anybody help me understand? I hope it doesn't seem like I'm trying to bash anyone, I just don't understand the reasons rescues choose to deal with the logisitics of such long transports.