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As a no-kill shelter, we sometimes have to stop accepting animals into our care because our spaces are filled beyond our capacity. Did you know that in other parts of the country, the situation is reversed? We work with several rescue organizations who stop accepting adoption applications because they have such a big backlog of approved adopters who are waiting on the chance to love a rescue pet.


Since the enormous disruptions and damages caused by COVID and Hurricane Ida, higher intake levels have become the "new normal" at Big Sky. If there is a silver lining in these tragedies, it is the exponential growth of our out-of-state transport program.

We started transporting fully vetted animals to trusted rescue partners in other states after a major flood in 2016. Over the years, we have cultivated partners in Colorado (4), Maine (3), Massachusetts (2), Connecticut, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, New Hampshire, New York, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

We won’t send our Big Sky animals just anywhere. These destinations are places where potential adopters are carefully screened, and we are required to meet strict medical protocols for transporting animals into different states. The stories of happy endings and loving, forever homes still come to us from these adoptions. We have even received donations from adopters who are so grateful for their treasured new family member that they want to thank us for our role in bringing the family together.


It has been enormously gratifying to see so many animals make it to their second chance with the help of these rescue partners. Each transport moves anywhere from 15 to 40 or more animals. Often, Big Sky pets are all adopted and home with their new families before our transport van makes it back to Folsom.

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Pre-approved adopters are lined up at the facility of an out-of-state rescue partner waiting to meet the animals arriving from Big Sky.

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