- Get supplies together early so you have everything ready to go before you head out. The animals will most likely be traveling with everything they need, but it never hurts to have extras!
- Read through “How to be a Doobert transporter” on the Doobert website. Here you will learn what you will need to be a great transporter.
- Get to the pickup meeting point a bit early. Make sure you know where you’ll be meeting the other volunteers so things don’t run behind.
- Keep in contact with the other volunteers, especially the Transport Coordinator. It’s important that others know updates on the trip and how the animals are behaving.
On July 10th I prepared myself for my first animal transport as a Doobert.com volunteer. I was to be driving a litter of seven shepherd puppies through the last leg of their journey from Binghamton, NY to Utica, NY. I was, of course, so excited to see the adorable puppies and finally get them to their new home. However, to my surprise, I was a bit nervous too! It hit me that morning that I would be responsible for these seven energetic pups and I wanted everything to go as smoothly as possible. I spent the morning of the transport preparing everything for the trip and assuring that the puppies would have a comfortable ride. So, I put together some tips for other new volunteers to read through before their first transport.