Archive | May, 2012

Transporters: Don’t go here!

30 May

Here’s a list of known locations frequently used for hand-offs / transfers on dog rescue runs.

Each location on the list is known or suspected to harbor parvo.

Source: OTRA coordinators.

Please walk your dogs and do your transfers elsewhere.

List of No Go areas:

Date Contaminated     Location2/18/2012 Birmingham, AL: Shell Station at Acton Road
2/18/2012 Gadsden, AL: Cracker Barrel (off of exit 181)
2/18/2012 Chattanooga, TN: Food Lion (Brown’s Ferry exit)
2/18/2012 Athens, TN: Burger King (off of I-75, exit #49)
2/18/2012 Abingdon, VA: Highlands Union Bank (Exit #14 off of I-81 on right )
2/18/2012 Roanoke, VA: McDonald’s (exit #146 off of I-81) & Days Inn Hotel (exit #146 off of I-81)
2/18/2012 Staunton, VA: Cracker Barrel (back of parking lot) off of Exit #222 (off of I-81)
2/18/2012 Lexington, KY:  Cracker Barrel, off I-75, exit 110
4/28/2012 Grove City OH:  Cracker Barrel at Exit 100 off I-71
4/28/2012 Cambridge OH:  Criacker Barrel at Exit 178 off I-70
4/28/2012 Wheeling WV:  Russell Stovers parking lot on Cabela Drive
4/28/2012 New Stanton PA:  Travelers Oasis
4/28/2012 Breezewood PA:
4/28/2012 Harrisburg PA:  Bob Evans off the turnpike
5/5/2012 ASHEVILLE, TN: Exit 44 Cracker Barrel
5/5/2012 NEWPORT, TN: Cracker Barrel around the back 1021 Cosby Highway, Newport, TN 37821-7323 (423) 623-0676
5/5/2012 KNOXVILLE, TN:  I-75 Exit 108 Red Lobster
5/5/2012 CORBIN, KY: Exit 29 Cracker Barrel around the back
5/5/2012 Lexington, KY: Exit 110 Cracker Barrel
5/5/2012 Florence, KY: exit 181 off I-75/71 Best Western 7821 commerce Drive  859-525-0090
5/5/2012 Springboro, OH: Exit 38 off I-75 Comfort Inn Springboro, OH (around the back facing the highway) 15 Sharts
5/5/2012 RICHMOND, IN: Exit 156B Mariott/Fairfield Inn
5/5/2012 Indianapolis, IN: Exit 130 off I-65 Starbucks on the east side of I-65 attached to the gas station.
5/5/2012 COVINGTON, IN: Exit 4 Wendy’s parking lot
5/5/2012 CHAMPAIGN, IL: Exit 181 Prospect Ave. Starbucks


This weekend’s underdogs

27 May

This weekend we helped to save two purebred German Shorthaired Pointers and a black lab puppy.

The GSPs were owner surrenders, and as you know, many surrenders are put down immediately by animal control in the South. Special thanks to transport coordinator Sheridan, and our hand-off partners, Rachel, Kate and Sue.

And to New Beginnings GSP Rescue.

A Special Transport

24 May

This one is special, hope you can help:

Boise ID – Dallas TX June 2-4

CONTACT: CherryHarleyTransports <>
If this is not in your area, please crosspost!
Demoni was lost from her family when they were in route from Washington state to Texas. Luckily she was found by the local humane society and we want to reunite her with her family. Most of the legs will probably need to be split in half. That is fine. Just let me know where you can drive to.
Demoni’s story:
while we we moving from Washington to Texas, my expedition engine blew-up, we had our dogs in the back seat until the engine blew-up then we had to rent a uhaul and crate our babies. We stopped in Boise, we had been stopping all along the way at rest stops so the dogs could get out and stretch their legs and potty, when we stopped, Demoni busted out before I could get her. I called, Demoni, but she was off and running.
By 4am, there was still no sign of her, I sat outside at the truck all night hoping she would come back, but she didn’t. The next morning she was spotted near the mall, so I drove all over by the mall for hours looking for her, by 3pm the next day we still could not find her, and we had to leave to head towards Texas. We went to the Humane society and filed a missing dog report.
For over a month my little boy has posted ads on Craigslist and facebook, and called the Humane society everyday looking for his beloved Demoni, he called every found dog ad that even remotely sounded like her in Boise, but nothing, she was nowhere to be found.
Then one day, we were contacted, animal control had trapped her, in 45 days we had lost most of our hope that we would ever see her again, and it was killing me to watch my son cry himself to sleep every night.

So this was a miracle in our books! She was found, she was in good health, a little thin, but ok, and now all that’s left is to get her back to her little boy.

Thank you so much to you and all of the volunteers, my son and I will be forever grateful!

Barbi O’keefe


Demoni transport
Boise ID – Dallas TX June 2-4
reply to if you can drive a leg
please keep the subject line so I know which transport you are volunteering for
 cherryharleytransports.jpg cherryharley transports picture by cherryharley
Emily Cherry (cherryharley)  ( @
please use email only as I work full-time
phone # for urgent contact and day of the run only: 334-587-3985
Leg you are volunteering for:
Nearest Large City:
Home Phone:
Cell Phone:
Can you receive text messages?
Primary Email:
Secondary Email:
Do you have email access after 5 pm and on weekends?
Emergency Contact name and phone:
Vehicle Desc:
License Plate:
Suggested meeting place at the beginning of your leg:
Suggested meeting place at the end of your leg:
(I allow my drivers to choose meeting places that are convenient for them)
How many dogs can you transport?
Do you have your own crates?
What other coordinators have you driven for?
I respond to ALL offers. If you offer and haven’t heard back from me in 24 hours, please resend your email.

Passengers: Demoni, a GSD/Husky mix
(Detailed Info at the bottom)

All passengers are going to fully screened and approved rescues or adopters. No animals may be adopted off of a transport. If you are interested in a particular pet you have driven, you MUST go through the proper procedures and contact the rescue for an application. Keeping a pet that does not belong to you is THEFT.
Route and Legs
15 minutes has been added to each leg for water/potty breaks. All legs are flexible. Please let me know if you need to change anything. Also, I am not as young as I used to be. I make mistakes. Please let me know if you catch any errors in this run sheet!
Saturday June 2, 2012

Depart: Boise ID 8:00 am
Arrive:  Twin Falls ID 10:15 am

2 hours 15 min

Depart: Twin Falls ID 10:30 am
Arrive:  Ogden UT 1:30 pm

3 hours

Depart: Ogden UT 1:45 pm
Arrive:  Green River WY 4:15 pm

2 hours 30 min
Depart: Green River WY 4:30 pm
Arrive:  Rawlins WY 6:30 pm
2 hours

Depart: Rawlins WY 6:45 pm
Arrive:  Cheyenne WY 9:00 pm

2 hours 15 min
Overnight needed in Cheyenne WY
Sunday June 3, 2012
Depart: Cheyenne WY 8:00 am
Arrive:  Denver CO 9:45 am
1 hour 45 min
Depart: Denver CO 10:00 am
Arrive:  Burlington CO 12:45 pm
2 hours 45 min

Depart: Burlington CO 1:00 pm
Arrive:  Colby KS 3:15 pm

Time change to Central
1 hour 15 min

Depart: Colby KS 3:30 pm
Arrive:  Hays KS 5:15 pm

1 hour 45 min
Depart: Hayes KS 5:30 pm
Arrive:  Salina KS 7:00 pm
1 hour 30 min
Overnight needed in Salina KS
Monday June 4, 2012
Depart: Salina KS 8:00 am
Arrive:  Wichita KS 9:30 am
1 hour 30 min

Depart: Wichita KS 9:45 am
Arrive:  Oklahoma City OK 12:30 pm

2 hours 45 min

Depart: Oklahoma City OK 12:45 pm
Arrive:  Gainesville TX 3:00 pm

2 hours 15 min

Depart: Gainesville TX 3:15 pm
Arrive:  Kaufman TX 5:15 pm

2 hours
End of Transport
Dog(s) or Cat(s):            Dog
Name –                          Demoni
Breed –                      Shep/Husky mix
Sex –                                  F
Spayed                               Y
Age                                    2 yo
Weight –                           50
UTD on age appropriate shots –                 yes
Rabies tag (must have tag or original certificate for transport if old enough) –               yes
Health Certificate (must have for transport across state lines) –                                         yes
Treated for fleas/ticks (please make sure animals are parasite free) –                             yes
Dewormed –                                                                yes
Temperment tested –        she is a little skittish as she has been away from us for over a month
Ok with dogs -yes
Ok with cats -yes
Ok with kids -yes
House trained -yes
Crate trained -yes
Will a crate be provided? -no
Will a martingale collar be provided? -she has a collar
(all dogs that will be walked must be wearing a martingale collar or harness with the receiving’s phone # on it)
Will a leash be sent with dog? (each dog must have his or her own leash) -yes
Other items provided –
Does dog ride well in car -yes
Reason for transport -dog ran away in Boise ID while owners were moving from Washington to Texas
Photo link (please attach a photo if no link available) –
Sending Party John Julian-foster/rescue help
Contact person -John Julian
Physical address -provided to coordinator only
City, St, Zip Boise ID
Home or business phone -provided to drivers only
Cell or after hours phone -provided to drivers only
Can you receive text messages -yes
Email address
Do you have email access after 5 and on weekends –
Receiving Party
Is receiving a rescue, foster, or adopter? owners
Contact person -Barbi Okeefe
Physical address – provided to drivers/coordinator only
City, St, Zip -Kaufman TX 75142
Home phone – provided to drivers/coordinator only
Do you have email access after 5 pm and on weekends -yes
Vet reference – provided to coordinator only
Personal reference with phone number – provided to coordinator only
Transport coordinator reference – none
Distance willing to drive – must do at least the last leg -we have no vehicle
For adopter a home check must be done – has this been done? – current owner of dog, but will have home check done before transport

Thelma and Louise need help

22 May

Dumped – Thelma and Louise need your help!


Jasper, TN – Thelma and Louise were dumped and need your help finding forever homes or foster home.  They cannot stay where they are now.  They are about 4 mos. old and loveable.  Why are people so uncaring as to dump puppies to fend on their own?  Please help Thelma and Louise.


Contact Margret at or 423-208-6290.


Saving three lives this weekend

19 May

These girls are all riding transport coordinator Laura Harper’s Liberty Train this weekend, from a high-kill shelter in Georgia to rescue/safety in New York.

Pictures are from transfers in Chattanooga and Athens, TN.

Perfect pooches. It’s so wonderful to help transport dogs that have never been abused and who just love people.


Stop torturing cats

16 May

I can’t even imagine if my beloved cats suffered the same fate as Alley, Fiddle and Kiki.

Alley, Fiddle and Kiki are three cats used in pediatric intubation trainings at the University of Virginia medical school. The details are horrific: they’re immobilized and helpless as plastic tubes are repeatedly forced down their throats — sometimes as many as 20 times each session. And Alley, Fiddle and Kiki have been enduring this torture for the last seven years.

Tell the University of Virginia to stop using cats in intubation training.
Sign Dr. Gray’s Petition

As a pediatrician with over 25 years of experience, I know just how important proper intubation can be for premature babies. But it’s far more realistic to practice on a human simulator than a cat — which is why almost every other medical school has stopped using animals in trainings. I can’t believe UVA would keep abusing these defenseless creatures rather than following universities like Yale and Johns Hopkins.

There are only weeks before Alley, Fiddle and Kiki will be subjected to yet another year of this torture — a new round of pediatric residency students will start orientation on June 14. I’ve started an urgent petition on asking the university to stop using cats for training before classes start. Will you join me?

The university claims the cats are treated well — but I can’t imagine anyone agreeing to let his or her cat or dog at home suffer this sort of procedure month after month, year after year. I don’t see the difference between Alley, Fiddle, and Kiki at UVA, and my cats Beeto, Binky, Pounce, and Spooky at home.

I know from experience just how vital intubation can be — it saves lives. I’m simply asking the university to stop using this outdated and unnecessarily cruel method of teaching.

At least 94% of pediatric residency programs have stopped using cats because more ethical, effective methods are available. I’m convinced that if UVA hears from thousands of people across the community, it will realize it should do the same.

Help me make sure Alley, Fiddle and Kiki don’t endure another year of this torture.

Thanks for your help,

Dr. Roberta Gray

Fuzzbutts need some help

15 May

This transport failed to fill last week, and they are trying again.

Lots of dogs and a long way to go. Please help if you can.

It’s the second transport down on the “Upcoming Transports” page.

West Monroe, LA – Portsmouth, VA & Derby, CT

Fuzzbutts & Friends TRY AGAIN Transport:

Fri/Sat/Sun: 5/18-5/20

Sadly, the Fuzzbutts & Friends were left behind on last weekend’s transport as we simply could not fill some of our southern legs. We have adoptive families who are SO EXCITED to meet their new forever pups and who have waited weeks (& months in some cases!) to get their babies home. PLEASE CROSSPOST even if you cannot drive. It takes a village to get these babies home!

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