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Have you ever heard of dog transporting?

Dog Transporting is awesome

Hope and Beth enjoying some bonding time during her dog transport

 

If you haven’t heard of dog transporting, I’m here to share the story of a dog transporter in our area that has helped to save over 140 dogs in just a year and a half!  I first heard of dog transporting back when I volunteered at the Shelby County Animal Shelter.  I didn’t know what it was and asked someone what they were talking about.  It was then I learned about the measures taken in the rescue world to SAVE the homeless pets that are at risk of euthanasia in animal shelters across the US.  Many, without their saviors – the transport coordinators and many, many volunteers – would succumb to what many call “murdering of innocent animals”. 

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Beth Merideth, the volunteer transporter I’m speaking about, is one of those people that just wants to make a difference in the lives of homeless pets.  We have this in common and this was the reason we got together to talk about it.  I truly believe people are put in our lives for a reason.  And, she was put in mine to share her story with me.  When she first started transporting, she thought it would be a way to help without having to go to the shelter and see the homeless pets and want to take them all home.  Most of us feel this way, right?  It’s just too sad, we know they are there and we know we don’t want them to die but going there is too emotional.  Especially, if we are huge animal lovers, the pain is just too much. 

So, about a year and a half ago, Beth saw something on Facebook that one of her friends posted about driving a dog to safety.  She inquired about it and the rest is history!  She found out that all she needed to do to help SAVE this dog’s LIFE was go to a particular point in the route that was set up and pick up the dog and drive to the next point on the route and meet another driver who would take the dog to the next stop and so on.  At this point is where she realized it would only take about 2-4 hours of her Saturday and maybe a tank of gas to help take the dog(s) to safety.  She thought to herself, I CAN DO THAT!  It didn’t take long for her to realize this was her passion.  She was looking for something she could do at this point in her life and she wanted to concentrate on giving back.  She chose to become a volunteer transporter. 

She found out quickly that the points in the route are called LEGS.  There are sometimes 5, sometimes 10, sometimes more legs to each route.  The transport is made up of these LEGS and many wonderful animal loving volunteers that sign up to take a LEG, pick up those dogs and take them to the next stop.  When I asked Beth about vehicles she said the biggest misconception is that you need a large vehicle to do this.  That is just not true she said.  Sometimes there are 2 drivers for 4 dogs so you could sign up for 2 and then the transport coordinator would find another volunteer to take the other 2 dogs and the result would be FOUR dogs going to safety!

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Dog Transporting is awesome

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