Red Paw An Emergency Relief Organization For Pets!

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Today’s session is about Red Paw, the emergency relief response organization for pets.

We have asked Jen to tell us a little about Red Paw, how she got started and some of the problems she must overcome on a daily basis. Here is Jen’s story.

Red Paw Fire Ground

Red Paw has been a work in progress for many years and a direct result my experiences on the fire ground. I was a Philadelphia Fire Fighter for seven years and an American Red Cross, Disaster Action Team responder for 8 years and the Philadelphia County Animal Response Team Coordinator for 6 years — time and time again, I’d go to a disaster scene and watch as pets were left with no organization to provide emergency assistance or care in the event of a fire, building collapse, gas leak, etc.

Red Paw on scene

Two specific incidents sparked Red Paw’s birth. A few years ago, a two alarm fire in Center City resulted in the death of two dogs and a cat because there was not a procedure in place to help them. I was responding with the Red Cross and saw the owners carrying the dogs in their arms screaming for help, but no one was there to help them. I used my personal vehicle to rush them to Penn Veterinary Hospital (while the owners were giving them oxygen with equipment borrowed from a medic unit) but they later died.

The second incident occurred in January 2011 at a three alarm fire at an apartment complex in West Philly. Cats were being taken out of the building in laundry baskets and rushed to the shelter without crates or emergency vet care. Dozens of cats were trapped in the building for weeks afterwards with no procedure in place to help them get out.

Red Paw crate

Shortly after that fire, I brought my proposal for Red Paw to the American Red Cross — to work in conjunction with their responders when there are pets on scene. Six months later Red Paw was born and clearly the need On July 25th 2011 at midnight we officially began! Since then we’ve been called to assist close to 600 times in Southeastern PA and helped nearly 1000 displaced pets (!

Red Paw’s first response was 5:30 in the morning, and we’d only been up and running for less than six hours when the phone rang. The American Red Cross was on the other line! The Bridge (their 24 hour emergency call center) staff person says, “Good morning Jen, we have a fire for you. Six Pit Bulls were displaced in North Philly. You can help right?” Now, I planned for six months before starting Red Paw, I talked to other orgs, rescues, animal businesses, vets and stakeholders. I thought I had all my bases covered, I had no idea!! 

Prior to Red Paw there was no organization doing this in Philly, or anywhere in the country! This brought about several challenges! Not only were we a brand new non-profit org but we were also an emergency response organization (that no one had ever heard of and were unclear about what we actually did) and an animal rescue (but not a shelter, which confuses people). All three of those separately have their own challenges, together it’s like a whole other animal:) 

Excited and slightly panicked about our first response ever, I said yes to the ARC dispatcher, jumped out of bed and ran to the computer. First things first. Put out a call through One Call Now (a tool used to send one message to multiple phones at the same time) to all of the rescues, facilities and volunteers who had agreed, during the planning process, to help us with emergency response when we started. Well, OCN was down, and I couldn’t get a call to go out! So it’s 5:30 in the morning, the Red Cross has just called to use our services for the first time, there are six displaced Pit Bulls, and I can’t get a message to my resources for help! Slight panic had turned into full blown panic!

Luckily, I had a few personal numbers in my phone of people who had said they were in from the beginning and wanted to help! So I started dialing. First up was Portia, from Central Bark Doggy Day Care, who immediately said, “Yes, we have room, bring them here.” Next up was a volunteer who I had worked with through Philly County Animal Response Team, and he was up and willing to meet me on scene.

As I rolled up to the fire dwelling the fire department vehicles were gone, and the first thing I saw was the Red Cross responder on-scene. This immediately made me feel better! I walked up to the owners and stated that I was from Red Paw and explained, “We are like the Red Cross for Animals, we are going to keep your dogs for you while you recover from the fire.” Next were some questions: “Are the dogs normally friendly with people? Are they friendly with other dogs? Are they spayed, neutered, and vaccinated?”

It turned out that two of the dogs had gotten into a fight during the fire due to fear and stress of what was happening and needed to be kept separate and probably needed some medical attention. None of them were s/n or vaccinated but they were normally friendly with people. Two of the dogs were just little puppies so that made things a bit easier, but the other four were big Pitties! One by one we got them situated in my car and the volunteer’s vehicle, and off to Central Bark we went.

Red Paw

This was one of those things I just did not consider in my planning phase of Red Paw! I did not consider the health and well begin of the pets we were brining in, outside of the health needs from the fire or disaster, of course. I guess I was a bit nieve, I just assumed people cared for their pets the way I care for mine! In fairness, I do not except others to sleep on the floor so as to not disturb their sleeping dogs who are covered in fleece blankets, snoring with their heads on pillows!:) But I did not plan for the amount of wellness exams and procedures the animals we assist need. So much so that we had to create a Wellness Coordinator position to handle them all! 

One of our goals now is to return the pets to their families in better condition than we got them in! They all get check ups by vets, they get s/n (as long as the owner agrees), they get vaccinated, dewormed, flea medicine, bathed, groomed, nails trimmed,etc, whatever the animal needs to be healthy and happy while in our care.

Now, the reason I asked the clients the question, “Are they normally friendly?”  was because, like people, pets all respond differently to stress. These guys spread the entire spectrum: the puppies, AJ and Taz, not phased at all; Phat Phat, the momma, was pretty good as well; Bishop, BoiBoi, and Kilo were very stressed out to the point that we almost couldn’t get them out of the vehicles and into their crates at CB! The thing about working with dogs, especially in stressful situations, is that you need to be patient, which is hard to do when it’s now 7:45 in the morning and you are about to be late for work! Luckily, the staff at CB was able to ease the stress and get everyone into their crates without issue. Once everyone was settled in, off to work I went.

Bishop, BoiBoi, Kilo, Phat Phat, AJ, and Taz spent the next four months at Central Bark, even though we say that we will only give clients 30-60 days of care for their animals. Our goal, however, is to reunite families, so we worked with them daily to keep them involved in their animals’ care and assist them in taking back their pets. They obviously loved these dogs but they were overwhelmed! Six Pit Bulls, six dogs of any breed, are a lot of work! We educated them on s/n and vaccinations, and we got all but Boi Boi spayed and neutered. We also worked with them on adopting out AJ and Taz, the puppies, and both went to amazingly loving homes. And most importantly, after many conversations with the family about surrendering vs keeping them, we were able to kept the other four together and reunited them with their family!

Red Paw

One of the biggest surprises for me personally and a challenge for the org is the “surrendered” animals we end up with. We do everything in our power to keep families together and reunite. We’ve had animals in our care for up to eight months! That is challenge number one because a lot of the time, especially for larger dogs surrendered to us or with us long term, we end up boarding them and have to pay for their long term housing, which can get very pricey! We adopt out all of our adoptables, ourselves, we do not bring them to shelters or give them to rescues. We do it all in house to take the burden off of the already burdened rescue groups and shelters.

When I started planning for Red Paw I did not take that aspect into consideration, I just never thought owners would not want their animals back, especially after everything we had gone through to keep them together! 

This first response for Red Paw was a snowball effect that has not stopped! I planned for months and months, used my emergency response experience, my animal response experience, and pulled from the knowledge of other rescues, animal handlers, emergency response organizations and vets to make sure I addressed all issues before we began. There isn’t a day that goes by, almost three years later, that something doesn’t come up that I never planned for!!

To say this has been a learning experience would be an understatement! I set out to start an emergency response organization for pets, and Red Paw is that, but we turned out to be an animal rescue, an animal welfare organization, an adoption center and a human service resource! This has been, by far, the hardest thing I have ever done in my life, and I was a Philadelphia Fire Fighter for 7 years! But it’s also the most rewarding and exciting thing as well! Red Paw provides a much-needed resource in the community, proven by how busy we have been! Fires will never not happen and people will always have pets. The people have the Fire Department and the American Red Cross and now the pets have Red Paw!

Red Paw

Red Paw in an all volunteer organization. We provide our services FREE of charge to our clients solely through individual donations! To DONATE please go to
Red Paws, 1328 S 24th St, Philadelphia, PA 19146  (267) 289-2729
Red Paw Facebook page      Red Paw Email address
Thank you Jen. That is an amazing story and you are providing a much needed service and are doing an amazing job!

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Fly The Friendly Skies… And Die?

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Today’s session is about Flying with your dog.

Every year many people travel and they want to bring their dog. Many people opt to have their dog go in the cargo hold. Supposedly, the airlines will take great care of the dog, kept inside until the last minute and then last to load and first to unload and back into a climate controlled are. Sadly, many pets die each year while traveling. Many dogs die during the transport in the hold. This story is a little different. This dog died because of poor treatment and neglect prior to loading. If this was my dog and I saw what was happening, I would have been very vocal and demand something be done immediately. Here is the story.

By Barbara Liston

ORLANDO (Reuters) – Michael Jarboe of Miami paid extra for special airline dog handlers to ensure the safety of his 2-year-old mastiff, BamBam, on a cross-country flight.

Instead, following a layover in Houston in 90-degree heat, baggage handlers found BamBam dead on arrival in San Francisco.

Just in time for the holiday travel season, a petition is calling for new federal rules holding airlines responsible for deaths of animals like BamBam. More than 100,000 signatures were logged on Jarboe’s petition as of late Tuesday, more than half of them added in the past two weeks.

Jarboe said one of his goals is to make pet owners aware about the danger of airline travel.

BamBam, who died in 2012, is hardly alone.

Pets flying with their owners are killed, injured or lost on average once every 10 days, according to Mary Beth Melchior, founder of the watchdog group Where Is Jack Inc. who keeps a tally of large carriers’ reports to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Her organization is named for a 5-year-old cat who died in 2011 after being lost for two months in New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

“You run the same risk of losing your pet as you do your luggage,” said Jarboe. “It’s Russian roulette.”

The Humane Society of the United States suggests driving with your pet or leaving your animal at home with a pet sitter before choosing airline travel.

“Air travel can be so quick that you may think a plane is the best way to transport your pet. Think again. Air travel isn’t safe for pets. The HSUS recommends that you do not transport your pet by air unless absolutely necessary,” the organization’s website cautions.

The tragedy of BamBam gained steam at after the petition was linked to Janet Sinclair’s Facebook page titled “United Airlines Almost Killed My Greyhound” dedicated to her dog Sedona’s flight experience in July.

Sinclair and Jarboe said they both chose to fly with their dogs on United because of its highly regarded Pet Safe program, which was started at Continental Airlines before the carriers’ merger.

Both said the program promised their dogs would be held before and after flights and during layovers in an air-conditioned cargo facility, and transported to and from the planes in an air-conditioned van.

They say the system broke down during layovers in Houston where they say the dogs were left on the tarmac and in non air-conditioned cargo spaces in the summer heat for hours between flights.

“Our goal is the safe and comfortable travel of all the pets that fly with us,” United’s Megan McCarthy said on Tuesday in an emailed response to Reuters concerning the cases.

“On the rare occasion we don’t deliver on that goal, we work with our customers, their vets and our team of vets to resolve the issue,” she added.

Jarboe said he and his partner could see BamBam from their seats on the plane arriving for the second leg of the flight on a luggage cart with baggage handlers, instead of the promised air-conditioned van and special dog handlers.

“We could see right in the kennel. He was standing there swaying there back and forth with his tongue hanging out farther than I’ve ever seen it, drooling,” Jarboe said.

Sinclair said she watched as baggage handlers in Houston “kick Sedona’s crate, kick, kick, kick it six times to get it under the wing and left it there to boil on the tarmac.”

Jarboe said United reported that its autopsy of BamBam was inconclusive after the death, but that his own vet was convinced the dog died of heatstroke. Jarboe said United eventually paid him about $3,770, the price of a new dog and crate.

Sinclair said United agreed to pay Sedona’s hospital bill of about $2,700 for treatment of what the vet diagnosed as heat-stroke and dehydration. But Sinclair said she declined the offer because of an airline condition that she sign a confidentiality agreement.

For holiday travelers thinking about flying with a pet, Jarboe, Sinclair and Melchior offer the same advice: Don’t.

(Editing by David Adams and Doina Chiacu)

The moral of this story is, NEVER put your pet in the hold of an airplane! Always take your dog or pet on board with you, no matter what. My Tucker was flown to me and was in the hold when he was a puppy. To this day (4 years later), he still looks up at planes when he hears them flying over head. Never again would I traumatize my dogs. My dogs are my family and they get treated with the same respect I do.

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Who Are We? Daisy’s Rescue podcast Episode 1

Daisy’s Rescue Podcast Episode 1

“Who Are We?”

Welcome everyone to the very first podcast of Daisy’s Rescue. This podcast marks a mile stone and the step to the next level in Daisy’s Rescue’s evolution. On November 7, 2013, Daisy’s Rescue had another mile stone achievement, 1,000 views on the blog. Before I get into What Daisy’s Rescues is and how it got started, I just wanted to explain to you a summery of what is in this podcast.

This is Charlie Moe the voice of Daisy’s Rescue, I will tell you who I am, who Daisy is and how Daisy’s Rescue came to be. What Daisy’s Rescue means to me and why I’m hosting podcasts. I’ll talk about what the benefits to me are and more importantly, what the benefits to you are. Why you should keep listen and what you will get out of listening.

Prior to creating Daisy’s Rescue blog and now podcasts, I read and listened to people who are already doing blogs and podcasts and one thing that was very important to me was transparency and honesty. I want everyone to know why things are being done and to be able to help you. I want this podcast to be of help to you and not to waste your time. The pod casts are going to be long enough to cover the topic, but not so long as to bore you. The podcasts will be a combination of just me talking and or guest interviews. Since these are for you, please leave comments, tell us your experiences and what you would like to hear in the future. Thank you for listening to Daisy’s Rescue, A resource page for Dog Rescue and care.

I’m Charlie Moe, I’m the main person behind Daisy’s Rescue. A quick bio on me. I have a Ba in History, I like medieval European history and architecture. I work as a Paramedic and have been doing so for a number of years. I have a lot of intercity in the trenches 911 experience.

I’m very passionate about dog rescue and animal rights. It all started few years ago, when we wanted to get a playmate for our puppy Tucker, a mini longhaired Dachshund. We applied to the Dachshund Rescue of North America, we looked at a few dogs and when we had our home visit, the lady doing the visit said that we would be the perfect family for a special dog in Illinois. She wasn’t necessarily the best dog for us, as a playmate for Tucker, but we were perfect for her. We agreed and Daisy was adopted by us. We drove 10 hours west to meet another member of the Dachshund Rescue of North America, whom had just drove 5 hours to get Daisy for us.

Daisy is a beautiful Black and Tan Piebald long haired Dachshund. Her picture is the one on the blog site, the black and white Dachshund. Pie bald means that while she is a black and tan, she is missing the gene that gives her the tan pigment in her fur, so where ever the tan should be she is white. But in reality the white really isn’t white either, it is a lack of pigment and a total lack of color is white. Now, Daisy spent 4 years in a puppy mill, pumping out puppies. When the puppy miller was done with her he took her to a high kill shelter to be killed. A lady there at the shelter called the DRNA and she was pulled and fostered. When Daisy’s foster Mom first saw her, she felt that Daisy was so abused that they may not be able to help her, but she would try anyway. Daisy probably had over 8 litters in her four short years in the mill, stuck in a cage, starving, cold, no contact, abused and neglected. Having her babies ripped away from her at too young an age. The realities of puppy mills hit home with us.

When we adopted Daisy, it was 3 months after she was rescued. She had come along way in those three months, but she still had a long way to go. When we first brought her home, we needed to keep a leash on her, because she would not come to us, but after a couple of day I, took the leash and harness off her. My feeling was, this was her forever home and she would not be harnessed in her own home. Slowly Daisy realized that she was home and that no one would ever hurt her again. She would slowly come to us and then stiffen up when we touched her. She no doubt was waiting for a beating or to be abused in some way, having flash backs. Slowly we worked with her, always respecting her space, but also showing her that we were not going to harm her. One of the biggest accomplishments Daisy made was to allow me to brush her when she was eating. Daisy loves to be brushed. Even though Daisy was well loved and taken care of by her foster, she still had a lot of healing to do, both physically and psychologically. Her belly was bald when we first got her, probably due to having puppies and being malnourished. We bought her the best dog food money could by, after all Daisy is worth it. Soon her belly fur started to grow again. Daisy had a hard time going outside when we first adopted her, now she loves to go out in our huge yard and just walk around in the grass sniffing all the smells. She wanders around the yard with her nose to the ground, following the scents. Then when the urge strikes her, she we just start to run through the grass. She loves to lay in the warm sun in the summer and relax, just sun bathing. It took her at least a year before she would start to play with toys, watching Tucker as a model. Then all of a sudden Daisy started to play with toys. Daisy makes big strides in her evolution and then she maintains for while, then she will make another huge stride forward. Playing with toys was one of Daisy bigger accomplishments. Today, Daisy is one of the biggest toy hoarders. She just adores fluffy squeaky toys. The squeaker the better. She loves to kill the squeakers. I have a bag of spare squeakers, that I routinely replace. It’s been 3 years now and Daisy has made the transition into becoming the beautiful dog she was always meant to be. She was saved from the brink of death  by the DRNA and has become a very loved and cherished member of our family. Daisy is now the Alpha female of the pack. She is very quiet and you would never know it looking at her, but no one messes with Daisy. Daisy gets what she wants with the other dogs. Daisy has travelled a long and hard road and while she has made amazing strides, she still has a long way to go.

Daisy is the reason we got into rescue. Daisy has made me passionate about dog rescue and animal advocacy. After we adopted Daisy and saw how many people had volunteered and worked hard to help Daisy and get Daisy to us, we wanted to give back and to pay it forward as a token of our gratitude for the opportunity to adopt and welcome Daisy into our home, family and hearts. We started in rescue slowly. First by transporting other Dachshunds to their forever homes for the DRNA, and then we started expanding to help other rescues transport there dogs as well. During this time, we learned more about rescues and more about puppy mills. We learned from other rescuers and we networked with other rescues. When we felt we were ready, we moved into fostering Dachshunds for the DRNA. When we started fostering, I wanted to use my medic skills with the dogs and we wanted to eventually move to fostering sick and injured dogs. We developed a great relationship with our veterinarian and now we work great together. I do most of the nursing and follow up care on my foster dogs, under my veterinarian’s guidance. Duchess was my second foster Dachshund. She was a sweet old lady who’s family died on her twice. She was a beautiful Black and Tan soft wire hair, that means she is a long hair, but her fur is wavy. We ended up adopt this sweet old lady. Duchess was our failed foster. We felt that with all Duchess had been through, she was home with us and Duchess was worth every second of it. Sadly Duchess had passed on July 5, 2013, we think she was 15 or so. She had, had mammary tumor’s, three of which were removed, horrible dental problems, she had 9 teeth removed, she developed a fistula that went from her mouth into her sinus cavity and had to have that fixed as well. Then Duchess developed Chushing’s disease and had a slight back injury with severe arthritis. She lived with us for a little over 2 years. We miss her dearly. She was an integral part of the pack, involved in every aspect of our daily activities. Duchess showed us determination and how to have a zest for life no matter what. Duchess taught us a lot about life and that Senior Dogs are truly deserving of a great life. It is Duchess that has made me committed to helping Seniors, injured and sick dogs. Duchess has left a mark in our hearts and an emptiness in our souls and our pack.

During our transports and fostering, while we had a member over see us, we still made a lot of mistakes and learned a lot of things the hard way. We also learned a lot from other rescuers. From fostering dogs, we then decided to make another step into rescue and become members of the Dachshund Rescue of North America. With membership in the DRNA, came an orientation class and a mentor. Of course even with a mentor we still had a lot to learn. We continue to make mistakes, but we are willing to learn from other rescuers and that’s how the concept of Daisy’s Rescues, A Resource Page for Dog Rescue and Care came to be. I wanted a central location where rescuer’s could come and share tricks of the trade and their experiences with other rescuer’s, so others didn’t have to learn things the hard way and make mistakes. I also wanted ordinary people to come to the site and get tips on how to take care of their dogs. When I do home visits for rescues, I like to talk to the future adopter about basic dog care and the responsibilities of a Guardian. I talk about the commitment that must be understood and made before adopting a dog. On many occasions I have had future adopters tell me, that I really explained things in details and made it easy for them to understand and that I emphasized certain aspects of care that was very important, but many veterinarians just glossed over. They told me that I should start a dog care website to help people understand how to better take care of their dogs.

Daisy’s Rescue, A Resource Page For Dog Rescue And Care, takes on both those challenges, a resource page for both rescuers and guardians. I like the word guardian better than owner, as owner to me, down grades the positions of dogs into a possession and not a living breathing being. My goal is that rescues will encourage their foster families and new adopters to use the site as a resource. Daisy’s Rescue is a place for rescuers to network and share experiences, tips and information. Daisy’s Rescue is a place where Guardian’s can come and learn how to take care of their dog, network with other Guardian’s and share ideas.

When the blogs are written, I and or my guests may list products, these products are there so if you like the article and want to purchase or research that product, there is a direct link to that product to make it easier for you to find it. If you decide to buy that product, we will get a small percentage of the sale price for “advertising”, that money is used to fund the site and the podcasts. In the future, when our following is huge, there maybe some advertising banners, again these will before stuff that we like and or use, you know the stuff we would recommend to our families and friends.

The bottom line is, this web site and the podcasts are for you, to help you and ultimately for the dogs. Our goal is to help improve the lives of dogs everywhere. We need your help. We want you to read and or listen to the articles and podcasts. We want the articles to be interesting, so you keep coming back. We are going to feature products we use and like, so you know they are good and work. We welcome feed back, on how we are doing. We want to know what you want, from us, what you want hear and read in the future. We want to hear any experiences that you have. We can all learn from this interaction.

Our show format is going to be simple. We are going to run podcasts and blog articles that are just long enough to cover the topic and short enough to keep you interested. We are going to keep each session to one topic, so it is simple and not confusing and easy to search. We want the content to be pertinent to what you are doing, you should be able to finish reading and or listening and apply what was said. We want your feed back to tell us what is working and what isn’t. I can’t stress this enough, this is your website, your podcast, everything here is to help you!

I was listening to one podcaster and he talked about Karma. We are hosting podcasts and blogs to help dogs. The more we help others, the more that comes back to us. Karma is a wonderful thing, it can really help you, if you are honest and up front or it can really haunt you if you are deceitful. WE want to take the high road and help as many dogs as possible. That is why we are transparent and honest, we don’t have any hidden agenda, we want to help dogs, we advertise to pay for the cost of the website and podcasts. In the future if we have advertising banners and make enough for us to dive into dog rescue full time, that would be great. But, it is all about the dogs and the people who help them.

We are starting podcasts to increase our following. People will listen to a 40 minute podcast more than they will sit down and read a 1,000 word blog. Plus you can listen to the podcast while driving to work. So, after this podcast, I will go back and start converting older blogs into podcasts and post them. In the future, all blogs will be podcast a all podcasts will be blogged. I’m not sure if I will transcript the podcast into a blog, word for word or narrate the podcast in the blog. We will have to see which works better.

We have a Facebook page so that you can follow us and join that page, . We have a twitter page . Our own website . You can email us at .

We try to help rescues out by featuring dogs on wednesdays on , under the dogs menu and Seniors on Sundays, under the Seniors menu. We have an events page where rescues can lists their events and a rescue page, where rescues can ask to be listed. For those other animal advocates we have an other rescue page as well.

This is all for you and the dogs. Please visit and down load us often and please refer us to your friends.

Daisy’s Rescue, has a dog and pet supply portal for all of your dog and pet care needs. We also have a “generic” Amazon portal, where you can go and buy anything on Amazon and we will get the advertising fee. Remember we are here for you and the dogs.

This is Charlie Moe saying thank you for listening to Daisy’s Rescue, A Resource for Dog Rescue and Care Podcast 1 and we look forward to hearing from you. Take Care and thank you for helping the dogs.

Link to Daisy’s Rescue Podcast Episode 1

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Over Nighting Dogs for Transports

Another part of transporting dogs, is to overnight a dog. This means that some dogs are being transported such a distance that they can’t get to where they are going in a reasonable time, so they need to stay somewhere over night and continue on their way the next day. The requirements are almost the same as when you are doing a transport.

The main thing you must remember is to, isolate / quarantine the dog or dogs on transport from your own pack. These dogs are tired, confused, scared, and stressed. These dogs do not understand what is going on. They are dehydrated and hungry. Some may need to have medication given to them. This is your job.

You have picked up the dog, transported him to your home and now you are going to keep him over night. I call the transport coordinator and let them know the dog is safe and in for the night. I then call the sending person and see if the dog needs anything not listed in the paperwork. I take the dog out of the vehicle and I walk the dog or take the dog to my fenced in back yard. I let the dog relax and wander around a little bit. I make sure I pick up and dispose of the dogs waste. It is very important to pick up and dispose of the dogs waste. You do not want to expose your dogs to worms or other parasites that the visiting dog may have. While taking care of this dog, you need to protect your dogs. Once the dog is settled, I also contact the receiving person and give them a report on how the dog is doing. I don’t want anone to worry about how he is doing. You will find that people really appreciate you calling them and updating them on how the dog is doing. Remember, some one or maybe a bunch of people care about this dog. My dogs are family, I treat all dogs as if they are some one’s family, because they are.

It is important to take the dog to an area that is able to be kept clean and easy to clean and sanitize. I use my kitchen. I have tile flooring that is easily kept clean. I learned this next tip from a fellow rescuer, that I was talking to on a transport. Buy a few shower curtains at a dollars store. I used a tarp prior to finding out about the shower curtain. Put the curtain on the floor, put pee pads on top of the curtain. I then put a dog exercise penover the pee pads and curtain. The “Ex Pen”, then contains the dog in an area where he will be safe, and contained. I then put up a pet gateacross the opening to get into the kitchen. This keeps my pack away from the “Ex Pen”. The dog does not need the added stress of my pack checking him out. We make sure that he has plenty of water and we encourage him to drink, as the dog is most likely dehydrated. We offer him food. The dog should have food with him. Use this food, so the dog does not developed GI issues. If the dog is not interested in his food, help him out a little.

I always keep home made chicken broth on hand. I buy ground chicken and I boil it in a large pot of water. I remove the chicken and freeze it for future use. I wait until the water from boiling then chicken cools (chicken broth). When cool, I pour the broth into ice cube trays and freeze. when frozen I put them in a gallon freezer bag and I put them in the freeze for future use. I always have a bag of broth on hand.

When an of my dogs won’t eat, or a new dog won’t eat, I get a few cubes of broth, I put them in a bowl and I microwave the cubes until they turn to liquid, I pour the broth on the food. It is very rare that a dog does not like the broth on his food. Usually the food is gone in seconds.

I put blankets and towels in the “Ex Pen” for bedding. I don’t used dog beds, as they are harder to clean and sanitize. We also keep some new toys around. We give the toy to the dog and he will take it with him. We make sure we take the dog out a few times to potty. We pick up any waste. We leave him in the pen to sleep.

My first over night was crazy and I had no idea what I was doing. I did buy a tarp, I did lay down pee pads. I did have an “Ex Pen”. The dogs were supposed to be small puppies of 10 to 20 pounds.

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They were severely dehydrated and extremely thin. We spent most of the night feeding the dogs and getting them hydrated.

In the morning the dogs get breakfast, walked and loaded into the truck for the rest of the transport. I call the sending person, receiving person and the coordinator to report on how the dog did over night and that he is on the road again. I then call the person that I’m going to meet and make sure that they are going to meet me.

The beauty of the dollar store shower curtain is, once you are done using it you wrap everything up in the curtain and throw everything into the trash. Everything is contained, no mess. I still clean and sanitize the tile floor, just in case.


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Stuff needed for transports

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I talked about the crates and a couple other must have items needed for transports, but I did not go in depth. Here I want to get a little more detailed. If you have nothing else on a transport, you need three things, one is a slip leash. This is very important, you need to be able to secure the dog so he does not get away. The second item you must have, is a crate or kennel. The third, pee pads. There are so many types of leashes out there. They are made from many different types of materials, there are different styles and configurations, but for transport, the best is a simple slip leash. I will say that you should not, actually do not bring choke collars or shock collars or the prong collars. Choke collars are designed to choke, prong collars are designed to inflict pain on the dogs neck, shock collars are designed to shock the dog and cause pain. I never recommend any of these, unless there is a life or death problem a dog has. There is no place for these in rescue transport. Keep in mind (regardless of your philosophy on those collars), you are going to be in the company of people who love dogs, if nothing else, those collars will not go over well. Most dogs coming from a shelter have nothing, so a slip leash is perfect. You just slip it over the dogs head and it will tighten as necessary. Even if the dog has a collar, do not trust it, you do not know where that collar came from, how old it is, what condition it is in. Remember. you do not want to be the one to have to call the transport coordinator and say you lost the dog! This is one of the areas where we can keep it simple, a few slip leashes of different sizes will be you best friends during a transport. Like I said always use your leash, because you know where yours has been. Also having your leash will making transferring the dog safe. You keep the dog on your leash until the other rescuer has his leash on the dog, now the dog is always secure with no chance to escape. There is a whole multitude of kennel sizes styles and types. The three main types are the plastic “airline approved” kennels, soft sided kennels (nylon cloth with a frame for support), and wire mesh kennels. I prefer the plastic kennels over the metal wire ones for transport. I do not recommend the soft kennels at all. These kennels will not hold a dog, they can be chewed through and the dog can escape. I find the plastic kennels are a little more compact and easier to put in the car. Kennels can be expensive. I’m always looking out for kennels at yard sales and flea markets. Sometimes you can get lucky and the person holding the sale will give you the crate / kennel if you tell them you do dog rescue. I recently took a dog in from an owner surrender and a kennel came with the dog. It is a collapsible kennel from Nylabone (the chew toy maker). It is the coolest crate. It is nice and sturdy and is folds down into a flat shape. Storing these takes a lot less room then the non folding type. The one I have an older one that has a flat top. The new ones are arched and that does not lend it’s self to being stacked if you have a big transport, but not many people use mini vans, where you can stake crates two high. I found a few other collapsible kennels while doing research for this article. Care eze has a collapsible carrier with a flat top, but I have not personally used one, but looks like it is along the lines of the Nylabone. The same with this Suncast  Pet Carrier. The nice thing about these crates is that they do fold flat for easy storage and that will give you more room, if the crate is not needed, especially in a vehicle during a transport.  Petmate crates are by far the most popular. They are easy to clean, every store sells them and they work fine. They just don’t fold flat. They do come apart and will store inside it’s self and that will reduce the height by half. A very important note about crates, if you use one that has clips that hold the two halves together, you MUST reinforce the clips with nylon wire ties. The clips have been known to unclip and then you animal inside can get away. By “wire tying” the top and bottom together, you insure that your precious cargo makes it to the destination. One of the great things about any of these plastic crates, is ease of disinfection. After each transport you need to wash the crate with soap and water, Dawn dish soap works great (to get any solid dirt and crud out of the crate), then disinfect the crate by wiping it down with either a bleach solution or disinfecting wipes. You can even use a spray if you wipe the crate down to distribute the liquid. It is very important for the health of the dogs you are transporting and the health of our own dog to keep your equipment clean and sanitary. During the transport article, I talked about protecting our vehicle with pee pads. Lets talk about pee pads now. There are so many brands and types of pee pads on the market now. I typically used the disposable pads for at home and as extra pads in case there is an accident during transport. I use reusable bed pads for in my vehicles under the blanket. Invacare makes a nice size reusable pad. While researching  for this article I also found  Ezwhelp reusable whelping pads that look like they are very similar to my bed pads and they come in different sizes and look to be a little cheaper. The first time you have a dog or puppy pee or worse, on your car seat, you will be thanking me, because you have our seats covered. I put links to the stuff I recommend to make it easier for you to find the products, without having to search local stores or search the Internet and hoping you found what I was talking about. My personal ethics, only allow me to link products that I use, would use or have used and that I would recommend to my own family or friends. This is important to me that you know where I am coming from. This web site is dedicated to helping you, help dogs. If I can make that a little easier for you by showing you where you can get the stuff I like, use and talk about, then I’m doing my job. At the end of the day: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE DOGS!

Getting Ready For The Transport.

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Today’s session is about Getting ready for the transport

OK, you got the email saying there are dogs needing transport. You signed up for a leg. You checked the map, GPS, map program in your phone, and you know where you are going, where you are meeting and where you are going from there (don’t laugh, I’ve been on transports where I’ve been called or asked how to get to the next stop, because nobody takes the time to plan ahead).

Before we get to far along, let’s back up just a few seconds. It is important to know who you are working with. I work with one single breed rescue, who is very organized and the dogs they transport come with; a crate, collar and tags, harness, leash, food, meds (if the dog needs them), blanket and bed, toys bowls and records. I know that when transporting with this group everything is done and it will be easy. Mostly because these dogs are coming from a foster home and going to their forever home.

I work with a few other groups and the dogs are coming from shelters and going to foster homes, these dogs have nothing. Records only and maybe a collar if the shelter had an extra one. Many are being saved from death, and are coming from high kill, no adoption shelters. I hate using the word shelter, when it comes to facilities that kill dogs. To me “shelter” means “a place of protection, a place where you can go and be safe”. Not a guaranteed death sentence, where you are going to be murdered.

Ok, so now we skip back to where we started. You are excited and ready to get the transport going. Time to prepare the car first. I have a bunch of old hospital towels and blankets (hospitals, typically don’t use linen with other hospital’s names on them, so they put those aside) and pee pads or “chux” if you are using the human version. I cover the back seat with the pee pads. I then drape a blanket over the seat and back and make a nice seat cover. I also pee pad the floor. If I’m driving alone, I will do the passenger front seat. I learned from one rescuer, she goes to the dollar store and buys vinyl shower curtains. She uses these under the pee pads as extra protections from unexpected leaks. Make sure you have water and a bowl, the dogs will be thirsty and maybe dehydrated from the travel. Now pack your transport bag and lets get ready to travel.

I have a gym bag that is full of supplies. My gym bag has collars of different sizes, leashes of different sizes and length, as well as a few “slip leashes”. Paper towels, extra blankets, extra towels, extra pee pads (enough to recover my seats if need be). A container of Clorox wipes, water and water bowl. A few healthy treats are good to have as well. A muzzle is good to have, again a few different sizes, a seat belt restraint is also good. to have. While not in my gym bag, but still important, the crate. Some times crates, it depends on how many dogs are being transported.

Before we get on the road, make sure you have a map, directions, or map app for your phone and a GPS. Make sure you have the contact info of the driver you are meeting, the driver you are going to hand off the dog too and the transport coordinator. Make a quick check of the car to make sure you are all ready and prepped. Lets go!

You want to get to the meeting place a little early, that’s incase the transport is running fast (which usually never happens), and you can be ready to accept the dog without rushing. When you rush, you make mistakes and you forget stuff. Even if the transport is running late, take your time, your responsibility is to the dog! remember; It’s all about the dog! When you meet the transporter, introduce yourself and make sure that this is the correct person and the correct dog. Often when there are large transports, there will be multiple drivers. You want to make sure you have the right person and dog. Next get the paperwork and the dogs belongings and move them into your car. Make sure you ask how the dog was from the previous driver. It is very good to know if the dog is an escape artist, or doesn’t like travelling or falls asleep as soon as the car starts moving. Make sure the dog has a collar and leash or a slip leash on before attempting to remove the dog from the car. Once out of the car, make sure to hold the leash tight (don’t laugh or think, I’m being condescending), you don’t want to be the one to call the transport coordinator and say you lost the dog, or the dog got loose and then got hurt or killed. Take the dog for a short walk around the area. Make sure you give him enough time to go potty. Offer him some water and then put him in your crate, back seat or where you plan on having him while you are traveling. You will see all kinds of ways people transport dogs, I’m going to teach you the correct way. Ideally, the dog should be restrained while you are driving, the reasons are many: you don’t want the dog to interfere with your driving, you don’t want two or more dogs fighting in your car while driving. You don’t want the dog to escape from your car when you open the door.

You can restrain your dog a few ways. The crate is the best, it protects you and the dog by creating a barrier. A seat belt harness is another good way to secure the dog. Many states are now requiring dogs to be secured while driving. If the dog is small you can use a booster seat that the dog sits in and is secured too.

So load the dog and away we go! Some people like to play music during the travel, if you do, please keep it low and relatively light, No heavy bass rap etc. Make sure you contact the transport coordinator and let them know that you are on your way. You may want to contact the person you are going to meet and let them know you will be meeting them.

When you arrive, greet the next driver make sure they are the correct one and give a quick report on the dog. Hand over the paperwork, and dog’s belongings. Make sure the dog has a leash on and bring the dog over to the new driver. Make sure the new drive is ok and has everything done and then call the transport coordinator while you are heading home.

Once home, it’s time to clean up your car. Regardless of weather the dog had an accident in the car or not, you need to remove everything and wash it with bleach. Throw out the pee pads unless they are the reusable type, then wash them. Wipe down the cars plastic surfaces with the Clorox wipes. Clean the water bowl, and the crate. Disinfect everything. When you are going into your house, change your clothes and wash them as well. Don’t let your dogs sniff your clothes. Get ready for the next transport by resupplying your bag if you used anything.

Dogs, like people are susceptible to diseases. Like children, dogs are very social and they pass disease by sniffing each other, drinking from the same bowls, sniffing and lick pee and poo and just plain coming in contact with surface areas that an infected dog has touched. Some of the disease include but are not limited too: Lepto, bordetella , or kennel cough, Influenza, para-influenza and parvo. You really do not want your dogs to get sick because you were helping out another dog.

A special note for transporting puppies. Puppies should be kept away from all other dogs, unless they are part of a litter. Wash your hands in between handling puppies from different litters. Puppies do not have a fully matured immune system, this is why they are basically quarantined. Puppies do not touch the ground during the transport. Puppies need to have a separate water bowl and they need to be crated. The puppies need to be allowed to potty in the crate and that means you may need to clean the crate and the puppies. Make sure you observe the puppies close, if one shows signs of being ill, you will have to separate the puppy from the others. I’m not talking car sick, I mean weepy eyes, cough, lethargic, diarrhea, dull eyes, this puppy needs to be separated. It is probably already to late, but we should at least try to keep the illness from spreading.

Be careful when handling the dogs, I can’t stress enough, these dogs are tired, stressed, scared, confused and they don’t understand what is going on.

If you do everything as listed above, your transport should be nice, relaxed and easy.

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So You Want To Be In Rescue?

So you want to rescue dogs, huh? The first thing you need to do is ask youself why? If you are looking to help dogs for any other reason, then to make a dogs life better, then please find another hobby. Make no mistakes; dog rescue is ALL about the DOGS! My stock response to anyone who ask’s about why I rescue, is, “it’s all about the dogs”! I look at rescue like this; no matter how inconvenient it is for me to help a dog, when one needs to be helped, what I go through is nothing compared to what is happening to the dog at that moment. One thing is true and constant, you will be called upon to rescue a dog in need, at the most inconvenient time you can think of! So, what do you do? You go get that dog, that’s what you do! Why? Because that dog needs you! Even if you do not have the time, the room, the money or the ability, you go help the dog! Your in rescue NOW! And it is not about you anymore, It’s all about the dog! So get out there and help that dog (but, please read this first, so you know how).

The very first thing you need to realize, is that these dogs are scared, confused and depressed. Their entire world as they know it has turned upside down! I can not stress this enough. These dogs are under a lot of stress. You are not going to see the dogs true personality. They just lost their home, their family, they may be neglected and abused, hungry, or hurt. They are in a strange place, confinded and they are scared and stressed. These dogs need understanding and gentle handling. You must however, protect yourself at all times! The dog has enough issues at this point and being labeled a biter is something that the dog does not need and you can prevent it from happening. Remember, you are here to protect that dog, not cause more harm. Positioning yourself in such a way as to allow the dog to bite you or provoking a bite,  regardless if you meanrt to or not, is unacceptable.

Why do we rescue? Simply put, because the dogs need our help. The big picture is; every year, four million dogs are murdered, because they do not have a home. No other reason, but they are homeless. Now, having said that, millions of other dogs are purposely murdered each year in labs across the US. Here dogs are tortured, starved, experimented upon and out right killed in the name of product testing and medical research. Sadly, it is very hard to help those dogs as the labs keep tight reign on themselves and do not allow information about what they do to become public.

So, with four million dogs murdered each year why even try to save any? It’s obvious that no matter how hard we try, we won’t even make a dent in the numbers. That is absolutely correct! We won’t, but here is a story that accurately explains why we become so dedicated to rescuing dogs.

It was a beautiful summer day, the sky was an amazing shade of bright blue. Big puffy cotton white clouds floated by over head. This was the stuff of our childhood dreams, the beach was a brilliant shade of white. The water dazzling shade of turquoise, gently lapping the white sandy beach. Littering the beach were tiny star fish. You could barely walk on the beach without stepping on the star  fish. Walking along the beach was a man. While he was walking he was picking up star fish, as many as he could hold and was gently tossing them back into the ocean. Further down the beach was another man standing watching the first man tossing the star fish. As the man tossing the star fish approached, the other man said; “aren’t you wasting your time? With all the thousands of star fish laying on this beach, what difference is it going to make, by throwing back a few hundred star fish into the ocean?” the Man looked down and picked up a star fish. He held it and looked at it, then he looked at the other and said “it makes all the difference in the world for this star fish”, and he proceeded to toss it into the ocean. Then he continued walking along the beach tossing more star fish into the ocean.

That story sums up why we are in rescue, to make a world of difference to the dogs we can save, to mourn the loss of those we can not and to work hard to prevent the same from happening in the future. As rescuer’s we shed a lot of tears for those we can not save and it is a constant reminder that we need to work harder to prevent more dogs from being unwanted in the future. Be fore warned your soul will be torn to shreds working in rescue, you will shed a lot of tears and people will think you are crazy, but there is nothing like the feeling you get when you find that perfect home for a deserving dog. You will find that dogs appreciate everything you do for them and they will show it.

The best way to get into dog rescue is to ease yourself into it a little at a time. This allows you to get an understanding of what it is like and what is required. Most of all, it allows you to test the waters and see if you like rescuing dogs, after all this is not for everyone.

My suggestion is to start with transporting dogs, this is a very important job and there are never enough quality people available. While this sounds like an easy boring job, it isn’t by any means. The first thing you need to do, is ‘Google or Yahoo” your favorite breed and the word “rescue” and your state. Example: “Dachshund rescue NJ”. Then you contact the rescue and explain that you want to help transport dogs. If you already have friends rescuing, it should be easier getting started. You will probably be put on a contact list and then you wait. It’s funny, the way rescue transports work is like everyone is a super hero. Everyone goes about their business, and daily life, you have no idea who they are…until! The email or phone call and then everyone goes into rescue mode and the super heroes show up. You will get an email saying on a certain date, a dog from Georgia is going to a forever home in Maine. The travel route will be laid out by the travel coordinator.

The coordinator is the boss of the transport, they are the one’s responsible for that dog getting to it’s destination! The travel route will be broken down in to approximately 1 hour driving blocks with 15 minutes to transfer the dog and to make sure the dog has water and a potty break. Essentially this is a relay race across the county with a dog instead of a baton and there is NO dropping the “baton”.

You sign up for the date and time that you can drive. Then you go to the prearranged meeting area and you wait for the dog to come to you. You secure the paperwork and the dogs belongings and then you secure the dog, you water him and let him go potty, then it’s off to the next meeting point. You give the paperwork over to your relief, you give the dogs belongings over and then you hand the dog over, so they can water and let him go potty. When you receive the dog, you call the transport coordinator and when you transfer the dog, you call the transport coordinator. When you call the transport coordinator, you give a quick report of the status of the dog and if there were any problems. Then you go back home and get reabsorbed into your daily life until the next time.

You must remember that these dogs are stressed, confused and scared. You need to be prepared and treat the dogs as gentle as possible. DO NOT bring your dogs on a transport! DO NOT bring your dogs on a transport! Here is what not to do! I was on a mixed breed transport. We were moving 3 pit bulls from a high kill shelter down south to a foster home up north. The dogs were in the middle of their second day of transport. I had myself and a helper (always try to have two people in a vehicle). We arrived and met the driver of the next leg. She was a tiny older lady that stood 5 foot tall in a subcompact car. There is nothing wrong with being a petite woman in rescue, most of the rescuer’s are women and they do an excellent job. This lady was doing the transport for the first time, no helper, tiny car, 3 mid sized dogs and the ultimate no no! She decided it was a great idea to bring along her 3 unsocialized chihuahua’s! “Are you kidding me?” So we meet, I give her the paperwork, the dogs belonging (which weren’t much, coming from a shelter). The lady then proceeds to tell me she is afraid of pit bulls and if she had known these were pit bulls, she would not have agreed to transport. The transport schedule had descriptions of the dogs and pictures, this way people can make a conscious decision on weather they can do the transport. When you are on location, it is to late to decide you can’t continue the transport. The lady had to take the dogs, because I could not drive a second leg. She packed up the dog’s stuff and then she put the 3 pits into her car and had her 3 chihuahua’s yapping. I called the coordinator and reported what had happened.

The next segment of this blog will contain the things you need to carry with you when you transport dogs.