S.T.A.R.T. Rescue Gives Dogs Hope

S.T.A.R.T Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team, delivers dogs to various organizations and rescues where they are shortages of rescue dogs.

On April 30, a ground transport carrying 129 dogs left Riverside County Department of Animal Services. The transport, funded by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in coordination with the S.T.A.R.T. Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team, delivered dogs from crowded shelters in Southern California to waiting rescue groups in Washington state and Oregon.

The transport is the second phase of a major transport of rescue dogs to the Northwest. On Saturday, April 27, the ASPCA, aided by sponsors Petmate and Subaru, coordinated with 22 pilot volunteers of Pilots N Paws, who flew more than 70 dogs from shelters in Southern California. The dogs were taken by plane to shelters in Oregon and Washington state. See photos here>>

S.T.A.R.T. cofounder Steve Spiro told DogChannel that the 129 dogs transported by his S.T.A.R.T. team raises the total number of rescue dogs transported to more than 3,300 in the organization’s first two years.

Fellow cofounder Rene Ruston told us the organization visits with and screens all the rescues that receive the dogs to ensure good homes, and follow up on each dog to update how they fare in their forever homes.

Check out these photos from the event!

ASPCA and START team up


Rescue dogs waiting for transport
Dogs were rescued from several shelters in the Southern California area to be transported to new homes in Oregon and Washington state.
Rescue puppies

: S.T.A.R.T. cofounder Rene Ruston takes a moment out of the busy day to speak with the DogChannel and DOG FANCY team covering the transport.

 Rescue dog

 Dogs get a chance to get out and stretch their legs before making the big trip.
Rescue puppies in line for transport
Dogs and volunteers wait in line for doggie-boarding passes.
Rescue dog track
Specially outfitted transport trucks wait for the 129 dogs that will make the trip.
Rescue puppies
Puppies take time for a snuggle before getting ready to head out with mom and siblings.


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