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Each day, photos of hundreds of homeless pets desperately in need of rescue scroll across Facebook walls. Many Animal Shelters in America remain dangerously overcrowded and combined with scarcity of funds, the lives of these pets are at risk. Many dedicated animal-lovers throughout the nation commit time, energy and contribute their own money to help these dogs and cats that would most likely be euthanized without their intervention. With the help of these individuals, shelter pets are “pulled” from “high-kill” situations in one area of the nation and delivered to safe havens elsewhere for fostering or adoption. This is where Transporters come in. In this post, I talk to Cindy Adams, an Oklahoma-based Transporter who works as an Adoption Counselor for Second Chance Animal Sanctuary.
Cindy who personally fosters approximately 6-8 dogs a year, recently had some good news explaining that, “one of my foster dogs was adopted to an awesome family last weekend! I have mixed emotions when one gets adopted. I have been fostering for years, but it is still hard for me say goodbye.”
Below, Cindy, pictured with Ernie, a recently rescued and rehomed Great Pyrenees/Anatolian Shepherd Mix, shares her experience as an Animal Transporter…
What does a Transporter do? We pick up dogs or cats that are on a road trip. Some are coming from and going to various places……animal shelters, rescue groups, foster homes, & adoptive homes.
How long have you been transporting? We have been transporting for a little over a year!
Do you always work with your husband, Craig? Yes, because we usually have multiple dogs, so they extra person is very helpful.
Can you tell us about a recent experience? We pulled a Great Pyrenees/Anatolian Shepherd mix from the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter for the rescue group Big Dogs Huge Paws. His front leg was broken in several places. We drove him from Oklahoma City, OK to Wichita, Kansas where he was going to a foster home after his leg was fixed. His leg was so damaged (broken in 5 separate places) that amputation was the only option. He is doing great & is still in his foster home until he is adopted.
What would you like people to know about Transporting? It is so rewarding getting to help these wonderful animals. If you are a dog lover then I highly encourage you to get involved in transporting. Help is needed all over the United States.
How can people become involved? I started by contacting two groups, Above and Beyond Transport Team and OTRA (On the Road Again) http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ontheroadagain/. (OTRA is a volunteer animal transport group dedicated to aiding rescue animals by moving them to their forever/fosters homes by combining over-the-road truck drivers, pilot cars and personal vehicle transporters for quicker and more efficient transport).
What area of the nation do you see as having the most problems with unwanted dogs? Why? The southern region of the United States. For the most part, pet owners of this region do not spay and neuter their animals and until people stop having the attitude that animals are disposable and not a serious lifelong commitment the problem will not get any better. This country needs more responsible pet owners.
What can people do to assist you, and your colleagues, in your work? If people can’t transport they can make donations. Of course money is always appreciated but purchased items such as dog food, blankets, beds, toys; treats, collars, leashes, etc are always needed by local rescue groups or humane societies & shelters! They can also adopt dogs & encourage friends & family to adopt instead of “buying” from a breeder. I just think people don’t realize that there are many purebred dogs being killed every day in shelters (and wish) breeders were not their first option. Spaying & neutering is also very important! Any prevention of unwanted animals is always good, plus it is better for the animal too!
In 1928, Captain William Lewis Judy, established the National Dog Week Movement, not to bring more dogs into the world, but to make us better guardians to the ones that are already here. These spepcial seven days, observed the last week in September, highlight this goal and encourage awareness throughout the entire year. Transporters like Cindy Adams look forward to a time when this goal is truly reached, and all homeless pets can be placed in good homes for the duration of their lives.
Thank you Cindy and your fellow volunteers who tirelessly fight the good fight each and every day on the behalf of the nation’s pets.