In this episode, we have four experts on coordinating transports! They continue the conversation of last weeks episode with even more tips, advice and stories. Jessica Mueller is the Co-founder and Transport Coordinator at RACE, a 501 that that coordinates volunteer rescue relay transports in addition to offering monetary assistance for people who need help with vet bills. Kelsey Glander is the Transport Coordinator at Kindred Hearts where they work to improve the future of all domestic animals through relocation into rescue, foster and/or adoptive homes; to practice and promote foster and adoption programs; to build a national rescue outreach program. Ginger Thull is a freelance Transport coordinator and Monica Marshall is a part of the California Husky Rescue Network Inc. and also helps a handful of other rescues around the United States with transports. To learn more about these rescues you can use these links,
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Kelsey Gland ER is the transport coordinator kindred hearts, where they work to improve the future of all domestic animals through relocation and to rescue foster or adoptive homes to practice and promote foster and adoption programs and to build a national outreach program. Ginger Ethel is a freelance transport coordinator, and Monica Marshall is part of the California Husky Rescue Network and also helps a handful of other rescues around the United States with transports. So I’m curious about how transport has changed over the years. I know a number of you have been doing this for a while, so I’m going to start with you. Just I mean, how has transport evolved in the last few years? And where do you see this going? Oh, gosh. Um, each hard was It has evolved. Obviously gotten way more widely known than it used to mean. Usually now. And you see someone and you say, Yeah, I drive recipe transport. They don’t look at you like you have three head. No, but that I hope that it continues of all I know that. Can I jump in? Yes. Yes. So when I started doing this back in October or September of 2012 I’d signed up his driver for kindred hearts. I driven up, like, probably two or three times. And then I became a coordinator because I just got hooked. I had the time. Uh and so when I started court meeting, um, you know, 5 5.5 years ago at this point, our database of volunteers had maybe 300 people in a total across the entire country. On dso there were runs I would get where an animal needed to be moved that I didn’t have any volunteers in that area. You actually had to pick up the phone and call rescue from pet torrents and grooming centers and vets offices and ask people if they had from one interested in volunteering with databases for 100 parts. And you know, you guys, oh, experience stuff like this is well, are gonna base has grown, you know, 300 fold since that, if you like. We have found things to thousands of volunteers who are actually every single weekend with Stefano page of 40,000 and the state transport groups that we all used to find stuff find on user growth have grown tremendously. New Mexico actually has more than five people on their page, which is right, right, right. And so it’s become so common, especially for, you know, the dog rescue. Well, the dog rescue world across the country, it used to be very like south to north. But now we’re moving dogs east, west, west to east, moving dogs into Canada, bringing dogs, and internationally and so it’s really cool. I do anticipate, though, as it evolves and we’ve all of us have experiences growing pains so far is there are a lot of organizations and independent coordinators who do what we dio. But there are only so many volunteers, so people start to get burnt out. And so it really is a kind of, you know, you gotta grow at the same speed that your volunteer base is growing. You could only save so many animals if you have the, you know, the volunteers to do the manpower for it. And so we’re hoping I’m sure all of you guys share this hope with me that, you know, we can continue to raise awareness and get way more people involved can kind of be able to keep up the volume of people you know of dogs meeting health, because at some point, we’re either gonna have to slow down or we’re gonna level out. We’ve kind of reached this, like pinnacle of growth and last year or so where you know they’re 15 you know, 10 or 15 like transport only organizations on rescues join their own individual transports. We have, you know, individual coordinators who are running for shelter. Thirsty individuals also eggs. And so we got a, you know, get more people to help out. Otherwise, we’re gonna kind of have to taper off a little. Um, we’re fucked either one, but we’d love all. I’m sure all of us would love to keep keep growing and being able to rescue more animals every weekend. Yeah. I mean, like, she was saying on the back end of things and coordinating part of it. Not just the driving. We can always use more volunteers. Reliable. Yeah, always there. Next it is like you, but the same ones all the time. Something seems like Yeah, I had to change some of my routes to avoid some areas wearing No, People are so burnt out because I use them. Five other organizations use them every weekend, so it gotta figure out some new places to go. Exactly. And you may have to reroute it with the next hour. Two just avoids in areas. Yeah, which is not the thing that you would want to dio, but there’s no other way around. You do what you gotta do to get them moved, whether it’s rerouted, popping on with pilot who can cover a long portion, or somebody’s taking a road trip home. And I stick dogs. Yeah. Um, right. I see a lot of people posts in the volunteer groups, You know, I’m going on vacation. New York does anybody? High price shouldn’t use New York because they Florentine while going to Florida, you know, Does anybody have any dogs that need a ride from here to there? The one thing I’ve noticed is all in tears sometimes are very helpful in finding new drivers. Yes. Yes. We call it hashtag bring a friend. Yeah. E had a lot of people recently Who, um, you know, regular volunteers who brought people with them. Who then? Those people have signed up. It was just great, because I know they’ve been educated on, you know, proper trains for technique and stuff, and so it’s really cool. That kind of, like see the web grow in all different ways. Very cool. So I’m curious. You guys must have lots of stories, right? Inspirational stories, crazy stories. So, you know, maybe pick one and just kind of share with people on a particular story that touched your heart or that something that is really interesting. So let’s maybe we can start with you, Kelsey. Oh, man. I’ve had years of doing this. So I’ve got plenty of stories. Um, the most recent one that sticks out to me is what I’m gonna fill. Simply because it’s been on my mind on these puppies were just all finally adopted, but so as it I coordinate for kindred hearts transport connection. I’ve been with them for a long time, but I am the dedicated transport coordinator for Save a lab. Save Lab is a one of the largest foster based lab rescues in Rhode Island, and they might be one of the biggest ones in all of New England. I actually not totally sure on this stat, But so a few months ago, they got word from a tiny Mississippi rescue about a mama lab in need. She her owner, had her chained in the backyard. She had been bred, and she was giving birth to puppies on her chain and been labor labor for five days. The guy had called the vet to come out and euthanize her and the puppies. Uh, and the debt was like like he got there and he was like, I can save this dog, but like, you can’t have her. I’m and so he called in a very small local rescue. Who did all that they could for her, but they really didn’t have. The resource is to be able to provide her the medical care that they needed. And so they connected with us Hat save a lab save lab, of course, committed to this mom. And this family provided her everything she needed. And she had been through the gauntlet. Not only did she have you known extremely rough labor, she lost tons of blood, Needed blood transfusion. She was riddled with, you know, tick borne illness and anything you could possibly imagine that a stray dog had gone through. She had gone through, except she had a family. Um, to somebody who didn’t treat her very well, I’m. And so one of our fosters drove down and picked her up and all the puppies drove her back to Virginia, where the foster family did everything that they could to nurse her back to health. And she so she about two weeks after getting there, came down with Miami. Tria needed an emergency spay she was beginning to become septic. Um, I’m not so hard when you have nursing puppies to go through that surgery. And so she did that. She then, you know, continue to fight. The infection was on I v Antibiotics and finally got over that. Then she was having stomach issues. She had gastric ulcers that would not stop leading When the puppies were about 5.5 weeks old. She hemorrhaged internally and ended up dying, unfortunately, but her The thing that I take inspiration from in this is so her foster mom and I are good friends. She and I, when time came to transport, the baby’s met up and I got to need these beautiful, beautiful, pure bred lab puppies who looked, you know, just like their mama. She was beautiful, and it was really It’s one of those situations where it’s so unfortunate, but you get a lot of inspiration from it. You see all these people coming together toe root for this mom toe, you know, send her supplies and the foster family supplies people taking shifts, bottle feeding puppies, um, you know, really giving this family every single chance that they could possibly have on the best back here. I mean, university vets were called her, you know, labs were sent to vets across the country to try to figure out you know, what we could do for her to make sure that she would make it. She was just a little too far gone after all she had been through. But so it was so great. Teoh, You know, hold one of these miracle puppies in my arms, and I did. I actually drove the rest of the way to Rhode Island and drop them off with their families. But everyone at that, you know what? The rescue, all their followers had followed the story so closely, and it really was like it was heart wrenching and inspiring all at the same time. To really see, you know, how people can come together to, you know, root for a dog to give her the best chance to, you know, make sure these puppies have a great life. And she would have had a great life if if she had made it. But But she unfortunately did not On dso we we see cases like that all the time. Unfortunately like, that’s not something shocking. That’s not something unusual. We take dogs who, you know, need our medical help because what else you’re gonna dio You can’t just, you know, let him let him pass away. And so it’s hard. It’s so hard heartbreaking. But, you know, at the end of the day, it really is awesome to see these, you know, ravaged dogs go to their forever home and be a completely different dog than they were when you picked him up. That’s great, Kelsey. Thank you for sharing that. So, Monica, story that comes to mind for you. Oh, God. I don’t know after that when you get me. Oh, I don’t know. I mean, and I do a lot of pilots and pause. There was, ah, emaciated, husky repolling California. She was really, really skinny. She was sick. She went to the match, stated that that’s for about a month. Same thing she sold being appreciated. We didn’t even know she was pregnant. We didn’t find out till after they treated her for that month. One day, start popping up all pieces. We sent her to a rescue and Utah with her puppies on the Utah rescue center. Maman to get spayed. And they had complications. They thought she was gonna bleed out. She had not making it But when she woke up, she didn’t recognize nobody equity and put drinking. They think she was, like in this number carrier, but she was tested for the stumper. Never had it, but the public didn’t have it either, So I don’t know, just a horrible story. But then I had a couple huskies, climate pilots that should do the great in eight apartment. See piles. Another note. But he understood. Departed, right? Oh, my don’t think. Yeah, they could be truer. Hey, Monica, you know that story about that golden retriever down in Florida when the owner died? Damage, remember? Came through Kansas. Yeah, that’s a good story. Oh, that was the one that came from her to get come from. I think it was California General. Us. Okay, Was California? The guy died? Yeah, it was the young his He, um he he was killed and he had a a golden retriever dog that needed to get back to his family in Ohio. Or was it? It was Ohio. Well, hell, Indiana or something. Yeah, there was. Maybe it was Indiana, but the guy died and a friend of mine was working on a flight, and she’s like, you know, Can you help me with this flight? There’s a couple girls that I do, um, mostly with the girl in Texas and cardio, which is in Illinois. We used to do a flight every other month. Pilots and pause. We’d fly from California to New Jersey. Way had kind of all the same pilots all the time. There was a few that would help if they couldn’t help, and there was a few that would do their legs. So friend of mine in Texas says they’re trying to get this dog from California, Teoh, Ohio, or Indiana Waas. She’s like, Do you have any flights going that way? And I said, actually, I do. So we asked all the pilots, they flew along with us. I had a pilot. It’s going from California to Colorado. Colorado. I don’t know how to Colorado. Yeah, it flew. It flew from California to Colorado. I think there was a guy taking a trip or something, but we jumped on with him with our dog and then my friend that was working on the one from Texas or the lady from Texas that was working, trying to get this dog home. The guy that died that was in California, His family, one of the dog in Indiana or Ohio. That’s the last of the head of their son. It was the family. So we fluid to Colorado and then Ginger Hall agree with. Okay, there was a weapon. There was another pilot who just happened to be driving to Arkansas to see her family. And so she offered to drive from a Colorado Denver area to So Lina, Kansas, which is in central Kansas. And then we needed That’s a seven or eight hour dry, the straight straight through. And so then we needed an overnight. And that’s when you contacted me to ask for an overnight and we found an overnight and near Shauna, Kansas, about 50 miles 70 miles away, I guess. And so I drove down. Pick that dog up in Salina, Kansas, drove it back 70 miles to the foster, and then that dog stayed there for a week at that foster home until you ever uh yeah, And then we had to find a pilot to come into that Concordia, Kansas. And then the dog was loaded. A week later, the dog was loaded up. Concordia, Kansas and flew to, I think, ST Louis, Missouri and then to Indiana. And that’s where the dogs family was in Indiana. And, ah, a little big news story and stuff on a wholesome pause able to Yeah, it was it was, ah, circumstance story. It was circumstances were very sad in California. Extreme sadness there on the this guy. And but it it ended up with a happy ending because the dog was able to get back to the family, and it was all they had left of the memory of their son. Correct. And, uh, so great. Happy ending. Yeah, it was a good story. Just any any stories come to mind for you. We’ve done a couple of those where reuniting a pet with there were so long from Texas, whose South Carolina believe where the son had been in the accident and the dog went back to the parents and then kind of the same thing from, ah, New York. To he was Kansas, maybe, Where again, the sun had a tragic X, and the parents wanted the the dog transported to them. We did one several years ago, where it was an aggressive German shepherd, that this lady was going to have put to sleep because she just she just didn’t know what to do with it anymore. She tried and tried and tried toe, you know, train it out of them that I wasn’t getting anywhere. So she found a trainer in Oklahoma. So we transported him from there to Oklahoma, and it took about a year. I where, you know, the dog was, you know, safe around other people and kids and stuff. And I mean, this dog needed a lot of help. He was created pretty much the entire time, but yeah, like I said, a year later, he he really opened up. I was, uh I was a good one. As a driver, I still remember one of my first ones. I think it was for kindred hearts actually driving this air. Little puppy. It’d have been abused, and he just had it back in my car the whole time. And just like shook, he wouldn’t stand up when we got him out of the car to carry, um, to the next car. And then, you know, a week later, you see him and his I don’t remember a foster home burn adopted home, and he’s, you know, chilling and the lazy boy with Dad. So it’s always just after pictures. I’ll share a couple stories, but I’ll try. This is Ginger, and I’ll try to make him quick, but one that comes to my mind is there were, and I think I’ll combine a couple of stories together. But there’s a place down in Houston and people just dumped their dogs at this particular location on the local street. Rescuers try to help and save the whatever dogs they can. Long story short, they were able to save Ah dog. And then it went from Houston that they found rescue up in Minnesota and I happened to see a request. I believe it was on Facebook and they were needing some ground transport help to get this dog up north, and the dog was pregnant due any minute and then So we found three drivers and were able to get the dog to Kansas City. I was able to help find the foster, and then we were able Teoh. Long story short. We were able to get the dog to Minnesota. There was a a little excitement cause the dog got loose at one point and had babies, but it was loose. But the local rescue where it got loose took care of it. And uh huh. And then the little mom and puppies ended up in the rescue a couple months later, two or three months later. So that ended up happy for that mom and stuff. Well, it connected the Houston Heat with me and it connected off. That’s with Iowa P A rescue in Iowa and and so forth. So we’re all connected, and this was about three years ago. Well, then, this year, when that flood started, I wrote to my friend and I said, I hope they’re OK. She said, I’m fine. And I said, Well, I know there are gonna be rescues coming down from Kansas and Iowa to help in that area. She asked who they were, and I named one of them. And she goes, That’s the group that helped us on that transport that pregnant. And so I said, Yes, it is. And so she immediately contacted that group, and they brought all their supply. They brought six vans and trailers full of supplies, and they took it down to the lady in Houston, and they dumped it in her garage. And then she distributed the supplies from there, and then they went on and helped bring dogs out of Texas. Uh, the dogs that had been in shelter prior to the flood. They brought a Texas. So anyway, it’s interesting. How are connections, you know, overlap overnight? Yeah. Yeah. It was going to say it’s a big community, but yet it’s still such a small community of rescuers as well. Yes. Yeah, I think all of us, You know, all the people on the phone here, I think we’ve done like, I I work with Jess quite frequently, and I’m pretty sure I worked with both Monica and Ginger in the past as well. But yeah, it’s a huge network, and we’re all very in tow, helping each other get what needs to be done. Done. Um, you know, same mission. Kelsey, do you remember that story about smoke? Yeah, that was a great story to Yeah. Yeah, totally. And I’ll just do a quick summary of that. So, Eric, how Who is a famous DMX professional? BMX rider had been living in California. His dog, probably six years ago at this 60.6 or seven years ago at this point had been stolen from him on a break and enter situation a few years after that, maybe three or four years after that, the dog turned up in a Florida shelter on and he was microchipped on DSO. The microchip company called Eric found out. You know, my dog is still alive and he’s in Florida, but I’m in California, like how the heck am I gonna get him home to be eso? Eric worked with a bunch of us kindred hearts, pilots and pause, and we were able to reunite Smoke and Eric together. This was on Fourth of July weekend 2013 I think. Maybe 2014. I don’t totally remember, but it was a cross country, you know, Southern Florida all the way to Northern California. I think we had a good 65 volunteers on that train sport including, you know, drivers, overnighters, pilots, people coordinating the people manage transport. It was on the news as well. The news team showed up at Eric’s house for smokes. Arrival home and the dog remembered him is incredible. Yeah, so that was a really cool story. I wasn’t coordinator on that. But I helped do some leg feeling, and so monitoring it was a holiday weekend. So it’s kind of like all hands on deck for that. That’s a great story. So before we start to wrap things up here letters, I want to give each of you an opportunity to share anything additional for our listeners. So let’s start with you. Just anything else you’d like to share before we wrap up. I think we’ve covered a lot of, you know as a TCU. Always hope that even your area drivers will read all of the run sheet instructions and, yes, deep things and do things as you would expect them to do them. I know, and I know it’s been set on here that some of us do things a different way. But this 80 of the animals just follow directions, and communication is such a big deal with your drivers and your coordinators and monitors anything just, I mean, even past along how the dog is doing. You know she’s writing fine. She’s sleeping in the car. She partied on this break and she drink water on the last one, and so I just communication and reading instructions. I mean, these. Please. Please follow policies. You can’t stress that enough. Great. Thanks, Monica. I agree with all that pretty much same and importance of safety of the animal. Okay, Ginger, Anything else you wanted to share? I was gonna say communicating is so imp or geant communication with what’s your drivers and between the drivers and eso. Communication is extremely important. I totally agree with the guidelines, the transport that he really want your drivers to read the guidelines and the other thing I think we want our drivers to if they don’t feel good about a situation, if they’re concerned about either the dogs condition or maybe another situation that some, the very in they need, we want them to let contact us and let us know immediately if there’s anything of concern. That’s I think that would be something that we all had hoped. So that’s a That’s a great point. Ginger can’t see anything else. Yeah, I would agree with. You know, everything everyone has said so far, following instructions is extremely important. You know, I reiterate my instructions all the time. Some people still don’t follow them, but we always do our best, you know, keeping us informed. I mean, I can only do so much because I’m most of the time I’m a good 800 miles away for my transporters. But if I don’t know of situations happening, I can’t do anything to fix it. So, yeah, communication following instructions are absolutely key. I guess the only other thing I would have to say is, you know, sign up, give it a shot. You know, I’m sure you can find all of us on Facebook. I accept messages from people I’m not friends with. If you’re interested, you’ve got questions. Shootist message. Look, for all of our groups on Facebook are websites. Every state has a transport page. You can go join there, see what’s coming through your area and, you know, give it a shot. There are some good educational videos on YouTube, but I made YouTube my name. You confined them and yeah, we’d love to, uh, you know, welcome some new volunteers, and I hope this has gotten some people interested in helping us out. Kelsey, I want. And I’ve told you this privately, but I do do so appreciate the videos that you put together they are part of my guidelines. And I say, I mean, I have my guidelines. And one of the step one of the guidelines says, Please watch this video. And ah, and then I always send these three videos to any new driver. Privately, those videos go to them privately so that your work is appreciated. Thank you. I’m working on some new ones. So hopefully once my paid job comes down a little on my knee, but he comes down a little, I’ll be able to get back to working on smart videos. I’ve gotten requests from a bunch of transporters on different things and topics to cover. So I’d love toe finish flushing out the YouTube channel for sure, and are also on our run, Chief. Yeah, I put him all I always said to the basics of tethering and then the how a well packed transport Okay. There. Yeah, we have a bottle of our run and do Bert has a great kind of introduction to what to expect. So we always put those on there. Well, yeah, those are very helpful. Yes, thank you, ladies. Thank you so much. This is great. We really appreciate you sharing your perspective and certainly appreciate what you dio. And thanks so much for coming on the program. 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