Even if there are northern rescues willing to take on these pets, however, there is still one more additional hurdle that must be overcome: how to get the pets hundreds of miles from the high-kill rural Southern shelters to safety with the no-kill rescues. Sometimes rescues have no choice but to pay for transport for the animals; this becomes yet another cost that rescues must incur to save needy, deserving animals' lives. Obviously, it is better for rescues not to have to pay for transport so that they can save their money to help more animals; this is where volunteer transport groups come in. These groups consist of dedicated volunteers who drive pets, often in their own cars, paying for their own gas, tolls, etc., to where they need to go. Many of these groups arrange for the transports to happen in "legs," so that each volunteer drives a shorter distance (generally 50-70 miles one way) and the legs all add up so that the pets end up at their rescues.
One of these such transport groups is Rural Shelter Transports. Peter and I volunteered with them for the first time this past Sunday, driving a dog named Tallulah, two cats named Jasmine and Booboo, and a kitten named Sabine from Baltimore, Maryland to Newark, Delaware. We were able to fit Tallulah, Jasmine, and Booboo's crates side-by-side in the backseat of my car, and Sabine rode in her crate on my lap in the front passenger seat.
|Jasmine, with Tallulah's crate to the left and Booboo's crate to the right|
|Sabine was very insistent about getting attention.|
|Sabine and I playing in the front seat.|
|"What's this camera thing?"|
|soaking up the sun and the affection|