Thankful Thursday: Hitching a Ride to Happy


Adopt cats, we deserve it!

One of the things that always makes my whiskers grin up is when a critter in need finally gets their forever home. Fortunately it happens every single day, not nearly enough, but it is happening out there. But what if the forever home and the critter are no where close to each other? Then, what about those wonderful individuals that work endlessly to rescue cats and dogs from kill facilities but then they need to get them safely to a no-kill shelter.

Today I am thankful for those magical humans around the world that are working day in and day out to help those critters hitch a ride to happy. Most of you may be familiar with some of the well known transporters, but for those newer readers I would just like to recap a few of them.

Pilots N Paws

Pilots N Paws is a group of pilots and plane owners who volunteer their time and their planes to help cats and dogs in need. The effort is nothing less than monumental and the organization has evolved into a highly skilled logistical powerhouse. Take a look at their Public Service Announcement.

 It just warms your heart to see the successes that started with one vision from one pilot. Here is a story of a recent rescue flight from right here in South Carolina:

A South Carolina Rescue

The animals, in this case both cats and dogs, needed to escape from a high kill facility in South Carolina and needed transport to a safe haven in Monmouth, NJ. Seventeen dogs and kittens now have a chance at a happy life thanks to these special pilots with hearts of gold.

Operation Roger

Okay humans, how many big rig trucks to you see on the road everyday? Yes, that is a lot. Did you know that some of those truckers could be transporting a pet to their forever home?

Operation Roger’s mission is to, through the use of Volunteer Commercial Truck drivers, transport lost, abandoned, rescued, or left behind pets to new protective homes nationwide.  The truckers working with Operation Roger are always looking for volunteers. But wait, I’m not a trucker you say. Well, they are always in need of layover homes, temporary fosters or shuttle drivers in major cities around major interstates. As you can imagine, the volunteer shuttle drivers are a necessity since the big rigs can’t go everywhere because of their size.

Underground Railroad Recued Kitty Network

This is a group that operates on Facebook.  It is an all volunteer organization that arranges safe transportation for rescued cats from foster to forever homes. There motto is “We smile every mile”. It is important to note that, because of the volunteer coordination involved, they cannot handle requests that deal with urgent or death row pleas. If you are not on Facebook, you can see them at their blog  HERE. When a new transport is requested the volunteeers sign up for a leg of the journey. It is amazing what they are accomplishing on a purely volunteer basis.

There there are those small businesses that specialize in pet transport. Yes, we do often raise funds for pet transport and these small businesses are essential to pet rescue. The old saying that “you’ve got to strike while the iron is hot” is equally true for pet rescue. Once you have identified a placement you have to get the pets there as quickly as possible or the vacancy will be fillled. Most of the pet transport businesses have reasonable fees, but the difficulty is often finding the availability right when you need it. But I’m thankful that these folks are our there. Everyone deserves a forever home and I am very happy for those helping the happy to happen!

Remember, adopt cats, we deserve it!!!!!  More Forever Homes More Often!  Purrrrr! Zip! Later!



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35 thoughts on “Thankful Thursday: Hitching a Ride to Happy

  1. Marg

    It is so good to hear about all these organizations. I didn’t know about the one on Facebook. It is so wonderful to hear about these things and to think that some animals really do have a chance to have a new home.Every little bit helps. Sure wish I wasn’t so darn old, I sure would like to help with some of those transportation deals. Good to hear about all this.

  2. Old Kitty

    Yay for these volunteers!! They are super duper kind and wonderful humans!! Me and Charlie are so thankful for them too!! Yay!!! Take care

  3. Katie Isabella

    This is the best possible news and blog today. I learned something and it made mom and I VERY happy.


  4. Cat's Cats

    Excellent post Brian, so great that you highlighted these worthy groups!!!! Such wonderful people banding together to help animals in need 🙂

  5. Mollie

    That is brilliant, We do our best in the UK to help the poor animals but I’m sure we don’t have, Planes and trucks. If we do, it would be nice to know. Then we could give them some recognition too. Big thanks to all those organizations, wherever they are. Great post Brian 🙂
    Big Hugs Mollie and “Furball”

  6. Tina

    Thank you so much for the wonderful mention. The exposure is just so very important to our cause. We want to break the barrier of distance in adoptions. We always need more drivers, cheer leaders and recruiters please stop by check us out and visit.
    Thank you again,
    Founder of Underground Railroad Recued Kitty Network

  7. Sparkle

    These are awesome groups! It always amazes me when kitties find homes in different states (and sometimes countries), and they actually get to travel there!

  8. diddleymaz

    Truely good people doing good things,thank you for showing this info Brian, lots of good people over here in the UK work hard for animals too, its always nice to hear good news!

  9. Savannah NanaMo

    I just sent the URL link for this post to my former shelter. We have been working an Operation Rescue Paws between our area in Contra Costa County in Nor Cal and a Southern Oregon shelter to place lots of dogs…maybe some of these transport orgs can help in future…thank ever so much Brian…High Paw Pats

  10. siku marie

    Funny you should mention these great groups. We had a hard time deciding yesterday between the little Akita pup and Operation Roger to feature on Wonderful World Wednesday! Rescuers and those that help get our furry friends to their forever homes are amazing angels!

  11. Rumbles

    It’s amazing the good work these places give to sweet kitties and woofies looking for their forever homes.

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