We had a very successful transport trip to Oregon and Washington, driving 34 dogs and puppies to our partner shelter and rescue groups. Amazingly, these animals will all find their forever homes within a few weeks.
When we’re on a transport, we generally travel straight through to our destination, but we had a little problem this time. As we were going through the mountains of Utah, at 3 am, we found a scary area with lots of dead animals (having been hit by cars and trucks). We slowed down to about 20 mph as we came around a curve and there in the middle of the road just looking at us was a GIANT MOOSE! I hit the brakes and screamed. James, my copilot, jolted awake (thankfully he had on a seat belt) and joined me in screaming! The dogs rolled in their cages, all safe and sound, due to all the blankets, Once so rudely awakened, they started barking and howling. We literally missed that big boy by two inches. He casually looked at us, a little taken back by the incident, but clearly irritated by the barking dogs ( or maybe it was our screaming!) We were almost eye-to-eye and I just knew he was going to put those enormous antlers through the window to meet me. Then he turned and slowly walked in front of us and disappeared up the hill. We took a rest until daybreak.
Our first stop was the Humane Society of Southwest Washington, in Vancouver, Washington.
Although we were six hours late, everyone was safe and thrilled to have stopped moving. The great staff there was waiting for us and took each precious animal for a quick walk and then in for a quick exam. The dogs then went to a temporary holding area where beds, water and food were waiting for them. We knew they were in great hands and destined for their forever homes soon.
Our next stop was Eugene, Oregon, to meet Marnie and her group from Raining Dogs Rescue.
This shelter is foster-based, and each dog or puppy immediately goes into a temporary home, as they await their adoption.
Marnie took sweet Syrah into her own home. Syrah had come to us from a terrible hoarding situation in Amarillo, Texas, and was extremely pregnant. She immediately loved Marnie and was ready to get settled for the night…as were all the animals.
Thank you to our shelter partners for making dreams, of forever homes, come true for our precious animals!
Transport costs (including veterinarian expenses): $3,945.00
Miles traveled: 3,479
Animals now safe and in forever homes: 34
Total Value: PRICELESS
A special Thank You to Leslie for making this trip possible!