Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Save Dogs' Lives - Become A Transport Volunteer!

You don't have to adopt a dog to save a life. For many homeless dogs, the primary barrier between an uncertain future and a loving family is simple geography. Rural areas and states with large numbers of puppy mills like Missouri and Pennsylvania typically have more dogs in need. For these pups to have a chance at being adopted, they often need to be transferred to shelters and rescue groups in other states.

This is where volunteer transport networks come in. By donating just a few gallons of gas and bit of time, you can help shepherd a dog to safety. Even though the destination may be hundreds of miles away, transports are broken into manageable legs. For instance, a recent Dachshund Rescue of North America transport from Albany, Georgia to Philadelphia was broken into 15 legs of about 70 miles each. Thanks to a dedicated team of Dachshund-loving drivers, five canine "passengers" - Angel, Charlie Prince, Trixie, Zip and Maggie Mae - were all united with loving forever families.

If you are interested in participating in dog transports, check out one of the links below or contact rescue groups and shelters in your area to see how you can help. It doesn't take much to give a deserving dog a new leash on life!

Transport Groups & Organizations (keep in mind that this is not a complete list - there are many more!)

Dogster Railroad (forum with people from all 50 states)

Hero’s Waggin Train

Boxer Canine Underground Railroad

Baseji Underground Railroad

Bulldogs' World Rescue Railroad

Chihuahua Rescue Transport (US & Canada)

Canadian Chihuahua Rescue and Transport

Eskie Railroad (American Eskimo dogs)

Grayhound Underground Railroad

Yahoo groups (again, this is not a complete list - there are more!)

Dachshund Rescue of North America


Pet Transport Net

Dog Rescue Railroad

Rescue Transport

All Breed Rescue

Biker Babe Transport

Dog Transport

Rescue Angels on Wheels

Illinois Animal Transporters

California Rescue RR

PacWest Dog Cooperative

HUGS (Help US Get Safe)


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