Many people ask me how and why I got into animal rescue relay transport. It may seem like a lot of time and effort are spent trying to organize the rescue transport, drive or fly when the day arrives, and then of course cleaning up and prepping for the next one. But what they fail to realize is that the simple act of saving animals through pet transport can change your life for the better.
Let’s review the typical way most people spend their weeks. They go to their day job, come home, eat dinner, maybe play with the kids or take the dog for a walk and like then they sit down with a drink or a glass of wine, and watch the TV until they dose off. The same thing happens the next day. When the weekend comes, they sleep in, make a weekend breakfast of pancakes or maybe an egg casserole and then take the kids to soccer practice or t-ball games, where they stand around with the other parents on the sidelines before heading home to plop back down on the couch. In short their lives are wasting away with no purpose and more people are having heart attacks than ever before due to their over stressed lives and lack of exercise.
When you take on the role of animal rescue volunteer on a pet transport though, things will take a turn for the better. For starters, you’ll have something to look forward to each weekend. In preparation for the transport the transport coordinator (TC) will send the story of why these animals need transport, along with the photos of the passengers on your upcoming journey. You’ll connect with new, passionate, animal-loving people as you work out your route and hand-off points. And you’ll find yourself going to bed a little early the night before, knowing that you have an important day and a vital role to play. Everyone is depending on you so you need to be well-rested and ready to go.
Rescue relay transports are also great opportunities to bond with your family and friends. Myself, when I’m flying dogs around, I always take a co-pilot with me both for companionship and in case I need an extra pair of hands. I never have a hard time finding someone to volunteer for the position either.