There is always Hope
With the staggering statistic of ten thousand animals being put to death each and every day in the United States alone animal lovers across the country have come together to save lives in many creative ways. From volunteering in shelters to cross-posting those in need on social media sites, everyday lives are spared.
One of the critical components of this network is transporters, individuals who volunteer their time to drive homeless dogs and cats to their new forever homes. Coordinators map out the routes and break them into legs and volunteers sign up to cover all or part of the route.
I have been involved in many of these rescues but perhaps the most amazing was just last week and the way it all came together was nothing short of a miracle, with everything falling into just the right place at the right time.
Carolyn Parker was arranging a transport for an older, blind, yellow lab that had been slated for euthanasia. She was going from North Georgia to her new family in Plant City Florida. The only open leg was one near us, so I committed my nephew and me to assist. As it so happened, I was picking him up from school that day and taking him to a doctor’s appointment. As we were sharing our week-end plans with his doctor she happened to make the comment that she loved yellow dogs to which I responded “I can find you a yellow dog!”
Baby Girls transport went off without a hitch and she is now Gypsy living happily with her new family. I reached out to Carolyn to ask if she knew of any other yellow dogs that needed rescuing. She told me about Buffy. Buffy was brought into the shelter after her owner was arrested and told officials “I don’t care what happens to the dog.” She was so infested with fleas all the hair on her back was gone and she had pressure sores from being crated. The shelter estimated her to be about eight years old. Dr. Christine immediately agreed to take her but we had to find a rescue to spring her and help with transport to get her from Peachtree City Georgia. This is where the magic happens, when individuals who have never met before become a team, all working together to save one life. A 501c3 rescue was needed to pull Buffy so Carolyn contacted Candi Bright of Gentle Giants Rescue and Sanctuary in Wayne New Jersey. She said yes right away and emailed the paperwork to ensure Buffy was kept safe: Remember she was slated to die. Sarah Carmolingo Bloomfield went to the shelter to physically have Buffy released and turned her over (along with an amazing goody bag) to Matthew Pierce. Matthew drove Buffy to Cordele Georgia where I met him along with my friend and fellow dog lover Hilliary Jones. We both immediately fell in love with this gentle old girl. She rode with her head on the console for the first few minutes but managed to ease her fifty plus pounds into Hilliary’s lap before long. Before we knew it we were in Thomasville and it was time for Buffy to meet her new mommy. It was love at first sight and Buffy was given the new name of Hope. She went to the spa later that afternoon and the vet a few days later. He estimated her to be a little older, around ten years old. She still has some medical issues that need to be resolved but has quickly settled in with her new two and four legged family members.
It is a testament to the hard work volunteers do every single day, the unsung heroes behind the scenes, saving lives one at a time. Hope’s “roommate” at the shelter needs a home and his picture can be seen along with Hope’s in the slideshow.
Do you have a few hours a week to spare? Collect your children and volunteer to do a leg of a transport. I promise the hearts you touch and the lives you change will be worth every single moment.
StoryTeller’s Express Rescue and Transport:
TLSTC I-75 Transport Heroes