November was a small number of transports, but a huge impact. The first rescue road trip was back down to our Monroe County, Louisiana intake partners. This community of rescuers is full of passion and heart with combined efforts of their animal control, a foster based temporary rescue, and independent rescuers. With these forces combined, they are saving hundreds of lives a year and you can see their devotion and love of every animal they say goodbye to while loading them onto the van to head North to foster and adoptive homes.
The brightest of these moments on this trip was Tulip and Ginger, two short-legged but big personality pups that had been in rescue for 4.5 years, but needed a special adopter. Wishbone Rescue was up for that job and these two are blossoming with them while they await that perfect home! Their vanmates on that transport from Louisiana included Mama Hen and her 5 puppies that went with Fetch Wisconsin Rescue, 10 pups (including 4 needing heartworm treatment) headed to Animal Care League and One Tail at a Time, and 6 kitties that went with St. Sophia’s Forgotten Felines.
We rocked another TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) Tuesday with our cat compadres at Catvando driving 13 cats and kittens to and from their spay/neuter appointments. They sang to us the whole way there! Celebrating Caturday, we headed to our neighbors to the West in Indiana and gave a lift to 16 cat copilots headed to Catnap from the Heart and St. Sophia’s. Many of these cats were high risk including a very special mama and her 5 kittens, 3 solo kittens, 2 seniors, and one medical case that needed rescue that was able to safely care for their needs. Cats are the highest risk population at intake facilities and we value every partner that fills the van with feline friends on a life saving ride to rescue.
An organization that knows these high risk stats and is committed to changing them with a goal of No Kill 2025 (https://bestfriends.org/2025-goal) is Best Friends Animal Society (BFAS). As our mission of life saving rides from here, there, and everywhere grows, so do our contacts and range of lifesaving. We ended the month in just that way. The Midwest representative from BFAS contacted us asking if we could provide a rescue road trip from a large intake situation in Florida to the Midwest for over 40 cats. We of course agreed! As they got to work networking with the rescue partners, we headed South and are so proud to transport 46 cats to 6 rescue partners including some familiar faces! Thank you Humane Society of Hamilton County (Indiana), Elkhart Humane Society (Indiana), One Tail at a Time, St Sophia’s, Animal Care League, and Dane County Humane Society (Wisconsin) for being an imperative piece of this transport!
For our stats keepers that is a month of 18 dog and 81 cat riders joining us for over 4,200 miles thanks to 12 rescue partners (3 of which are first time partners!). We are so thankful for all our monthly donors (check out how to join them), rider sponsors, and those that share our mission and posts. We would not be on the road without you!
We are so excited to invite you, February 6th, to celebrate all these riders and miles with our First Annual Barkmitzvah honoring former rider and forever copilot, Harold (https://fb.me/e/o8IMWfako)!
Tickets including drink, food, and swag package options will be coming soon!