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Underground Railroad Rescued Kitty Network
1305 S 119th Drive ▪ Avondale AZ 85323
(602) 377-7648 ▪ Email: tlablanc@URRKN.com

Underground Railroad Rescued Kitty Network, a 501c3, was founded by Tina LaBlanc on October 31, 2011. She
was inspired by the tragedy of Jack the Cat. Jack was lost for 63 days at JFK and had to be put to sleep, due to his
injuries, after he was finally found. She had a similar experience with her beloved Pandy many years ago.
Luckily, Pandy was found in just a few days, but Tina was appalled that almost 15 years later this was still an
issue. Someone had to do something – Tina soon realized that she was that someone. There had to be a better
solution for safe transport when getting kitties home. Hence, the Underground Railroad Rescued Kitty Network
(URRKN) was born.
With the help of a dedicated team and thousands of volunteers, as of June 2015 we have transported:
Kitties Safely Home ........................ 412
International Kitties Home ............... 24
Miles Traveled ........................ 429,377
Number of Trains .......................... 332
Number of Happy Tears ............ 1,000s
Our 24,000+ volunteers, including conductors, screeners, transport coordinators, event admins, cheerleaders
and members, have found us through our Facebook page. We are an all-volunteer organization, with members
in every state in the US, and everyone plays a role in our success, of which each is equally important. There are
many ways you can get involved, so if you’re interested in volunteering for URRKN please join our Facebook
group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/URRKN/
Many of our VIPs (Very Important Passengers) are shelter kitties, but they are vetted and most have been in
foster care before “riding the rails.” If you find room in your heart and home for a kitty where distance might be
a hurdle know there are options. Most recues and shelters work with temporary fosters that can help while a
transport is applied for, URRKN will work with you both to get that kitty home. We need to know that our VIPs
are healthy enough to travel and have been spayed or neutered, and we take pride in transporting to forever
Every “Love Train” is customized for the needs of the individual kitty being transported. In fact, most of our VIPs
usually arrive home with a few more toys and treats than they had when they hit the rails! They travel first class
and are well loved and cared for during their journey to their forever home. URRKN removes the distance
barrier from adoption, giving many kitties a “second chance” at a loving home. If you are interested in arranging
a transport you can find more information at https://www.facebook.com/notes/underground-railroad-rescuedkitty-network/need-a-transport/333258783438857
The URRKN Mission is restoring faith in people. Letting cat lovers and rescue advocates alike know there are
many passionate people who care deeply about this mission of “Saving the world one sweet kitty at a time.” The
simple joy of helping a cat get home enriches the lives of all the volunteers involved, exposing each to the
unconditional love and support that is the URRKN family.

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