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!
: 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.