Interview with Heather Sharit, who will be transporting Cassidy from Alabama tomorrow

Heather Sharit is a 42 year old homeschool-mom with 3 girls: ages 16,12 and 9.  She and her husband David have been transporting dogs and puppies for Crossing Paths for about a year.  “It is hard work but well worth the effort,” Heather said. “When you see families meeting their pups for the first time.  Priceless.  I have always loved animals and am so grateful that God has given me the opportunity to do something with that love.”

How did you get into transporting animals for the rescue group?  I have been a foster mom for 4 or 5 years and was very interested in seeing the happy endings part,  so the woman that used to drive the truck asked me to go along on some trips.  Eventually, she had to take a full time job and asked if my husband and I would be interested in taking over for her.  So we did.
Where are some of the places your have to travel to unite animals with their new families?  Our normal route is north through Tennessee onto I 81 as  far as the Pocono Mts.  We have several  regular stops, but have stopped at odd places along the route too.

Do you have any info about the history of this practice? (This is the third rescue that Mike and I have adopted from the South. The first was ten years ago. All were trucked in.)   I know that you guys [people who reside in the Northeast] don’t have an overabundance of puppies there like we do here.  So adopting up north only seems logical .  Unfortunately, dogs and cats here in the South are sooooo overpopulated that our shelters are full all the time.  Most only get 14 days [before they are euthanized.]  That goes for old, young, even moms with days old puppies.  It is very sad.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?  I just want to thank everyone who has adopted from the South.  I have yet to meet an adopter that does not absolutely love their new family member, and family members are how they are treated.  I am so glad to be a part of the solution for helping spare the lives of all these innocent little creatures.  Not only through adoption but also educating the public.  Crossing Paths has started a low cost/no cost spay neuter program called  “FIX YOUR MAMA”  .  Funded completely by donations. ( Don’t you love the name.) It is only for our small county, but it is making a difference in the number of dogs and puppies killed every year.

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Next Sunday, About Cassidy’s arrival

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