Many of you may have seen this story passed around FB today…
This man, who runs RESCUE ROAD TRIPS, travels 4200 miles twice a month to pick up 80+ pre-determined dogs (formally in kill shelters), and bring them to drop off points where they unite with their new owners.
WHAT DOES HE DO? HOW DOES HE DO IT?
He uses a huge trailer and fills it with dog crates. He sleeps in the back with the dogs.
Over the 10 years of doing this… he has learned the ins and outs. How to get dogs over State lines and what requirements he has to face on this 4200 round trip he treks twice a month.
As heartbreaking as would be to leave dogs behind, imagine the pure joy of knowing your cargo of 80+ dogs is on the way to survival and a brand new lease on life!
If I had the physical strength and better night driving vision, I would do this.
How about you? His business model is pretty well laid out…
HOW IT WORKS…
Greg, the owner, has always loved dogs. In fact, he has a sweet tribute to his heart dog, Lancelot, on his website.
Around a decade ago, Greg got the idea that there were very many well bred ‘throw away’ dogs in the South that could be rehomed up North.
Greg states on his website that “Southerners have excellent taste in dogs – they just don’t spay and neuter or keep them on their property. Some northerners have figured this out and are acquiring first-rate dogs at bargain basement prices..”.
Why not bring these expendable great dogs up to where they are needed and could be rehomed?
And that is what he did. Greg figured out a way, through trial and error, how to do it. It takes a small village to organize these events… walkers, feeders, layovers… but they get it done, twice a month!
If you go to his website, you’ll find his pick up and drop off routes.
WHAT I HAVEN’T FIGURED OUT – BUT I’M SURE THEY WILL TELL YOU…
If you are interested, I think you have to find a dog that is available for adoption and then arrange the pick up. There are recommended Shelters on the Rescue Road Trip home page linked here.
Rescue Road Trip charges $185 for the service of picking up your dog and bringing him to the drop off point. Cheap.
There are fair but strict guidelines on dogs he will and won’t pick up. Please read those first.
Remember, Rescue Road Trip has figured out how to transport many different animals over several state lines. This is not an easy feat. They have worked this out and know what they are doing… so the requirements are studied and worth heeding.
THEY’VE TRANSPORTED OVER 35,000 DOGS!!
So, if you live in the delivery areas, and you cannot find the dog you want in your local shelters, please give look at RESCUE ROAD TRIPS recommended shelters or send these folks an email to find out other fosters or shelters that may have what you need:
FACEBOOK PAGE TO FOLLOW! VERY HEARTWARMING!
This FB page is full of wagging tails and happy endings… a good thing to share.
YOU GO, GREG! I hope others follow in your footsteps…