The Most Common Complaints About animal rescue relay Transport, and Why They’re Bunk

You know it’s true that some people will just complain about anything.  They’ll complain about traffic on their way to work or how their hair isn’t cooperating or how their boss is too hard on them.  They’ll even complain about pet transport and the amazing animal rescue volunteers saving animals.  Here’s just a few of the complaints we hear.

“We need to move large numbers of animals at a time.  Rescue relay transport won’t work for us.”

The fact is that coordinating and executing large number animal rescue transport is wrought with issues.  When you try and get 20-30 rescue dogs loaded into crates and into a van it takes a long time and there are many issues involved.  Then when they get there you have the same challenge in reverse having to bring in loads of volunteers to handle the disembarking of the passengers, intake into the shelter, and of course baths for everyone.  Since most rescue relay transports are limited by the size of the vehicles involved, the animals get more care and attention and there is no mass planning required at the pick-up or drop off points.  Of course there’s also nothing that says you can’t do 5-6 animal rescue transports a month and still move the same number of animals as one large transport.

“Rescue relay transport is more stress on the animals.” 

Rescue animals on an animal rescue transport are already under stress.  But the truth is, on every leg of the journey these animals get extra special love and attention and multiple potty breaks that they wouldn’t get on a large volume van transport.  They get an opportunity to get out of the car and walk around and they usually get fresh water and sometimes even treats.  Doesn’t sound like a stress filled journey to us.

“Volunteers are unreliable.” 

This is one of those broad complaints that doesn’t specifically apply to animal rescue transport volunteers but to just people in general.  It is true that there are examples where people that sign-up for a transport leg do not show up and alternative accommodations need to be made at the last minute.  But the best transport coordinators know that proactivity is the key to solving this.  Reaching out and communicating with the transport volunteers working up to the day of the transport, confirming pick-ups and answering questions is the best way to ensure on the day of that people show up where they are supposed to be.  Our experience is that volunteers are usually more reliable than commercial drivers but hey, we’re biased.

“Our source is 1,000 miles away.  You can’t do rescue relay transport that far.”

Would it surprise you to know that the average Doobert rescue transport is 850 miles and over 20 legs?  That’s just the average.  Doobert has been used to coordinate transports of over 40 legs, over multiple days and over 2,000 miles.  Now that’s passion for animals at its best.

So the next time someone throws one of these blockers your way, take some time and educate them on the facts and explain that while rescue relay transport is an effective option in saving more rescue animals.


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