Man drives 40,000 miles a year saving dogs from 'kill shelters'


For the past ten years, Greg Mahle has driven 40,000 miles a year rescuing dogs from overpopulated "high volume kill shelters." He and fellow volunteers run Rescue Road Trips, LLC, based in Ohio. Operating primarily in the deep South, they pick up rescued dogs and take them to other areas of the country for adoption. The organization is said to help save about 2,000 dogs each year.

From The Newark Advocate:
Every other week, Mahle leaves his wife and stepson, traveling from their home in Zanesville to Houston, Texas, where he starts to pick up dogs destined for their new homes. Moving on from Texas, he stops in nine Southern states, picking up an average of 80 dogs on the second leg of his 4,200-mile journey.

“Some of them are scared,” Mahle said. “They don’t know what’s happening. Some have come from really bad situations, but a little love and reassurance is just what they need.”

Once secured in their crates on the truck, Mahle said the dogs perk up as if they know they’re off to a better life.

“It’s like being in a truck full of lottery winners,” he said with a laugh. “You can see it in their eyes and their disposition. They know something good is going to happen to them.”

Photo, from "One of the better parts of rescue. All have a family to love them." (via Dog Journal)

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  1. nope, just cutting some onions.

  2. "I had often thought when I encountered cruelty and neglect that there
    was a whole army of people who did these unspeakable things, a great,
    unheeding horde who never spared a thought for the feelings of the
    helpless creatures who depended on them. It was frightening in a way,
    but thank heavens there was another army ranged on the other side, an
    army who fought for the animals with everything they had – with their
    energy, their time, their money.” – James Herriot

  3. How does this work? I have the impression that anywhere you go, there's a dog shelter overflowing with adoptable pets. Where do these transporters take the dogs that there isn't already a surplus?

    Also, I'm frankly beginning to think Ohio is the animal-welfare capital of the US. I'm biased though as a resident supporter of the new Animal Cruelty Task Force of Ohio (but I can't seem to convince them that auto-play on the homepage is a bad idea).

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