One Nation, Under Dog

6 Jun

“One Nation Under Dog” is set to premiere at 9pm on Monday, June 18th on HBO. 

Nearly two years in the making, the film tells a complicated and unwavering story that explores our relationship with dogs.

The film chronicles those who would protect their animals with regard for little else, the many manifestations of grief from losing a pet, and the brutal truth behind the euthanasia of 4-6 million homeless animals in the US each year and the people who fight to save their lives. See the trailer here.

PAWS New England was honored and humbled to be asked to participate in the film and did everything in our power to painstakingly highlight the struggles faced by all of us in the rescue community. We hope this will change the way homeless animals are treated in the United States and abroad by educating a largely unaware audience of both the staggering horrors and inspiring tales of survival present in the world of dog rescue.

Every rescue group can benefit from this film as viewers will be both horrified by the reality and inspired by the power to save a life. This presents an amazing opportunity for us to help homeless animals in need. PAWS New England will be encouraging our volunteers to host screening parties for their friends and families. We will encourage party-goers to “Take Action” by adopting, fostering, donating, committing to spay/neuter, and promoting legislative and lobbying efforts to end puppy mills and gas chambers.

Take this moment and harness the passion that the movie will undoubtedly provoke. Educate. Recruit volunteers and adopters. Raise funds. Join the fun on facebook and let this movie inspire.

Host a Viewing Party

In order for this movie to spurn a movement that will save the lives of hundreds of thousands of abandoned animals, people need to see it! We ask rescue groups from all over the country to encourage your volunteers to host viewing parties for friends and families on the night of the premiere.

Hosts need only invite over a few friends and tune in. We are asking hosts from all over the country to sign up here and put their city on the map! Let’s show America hundreds of screening parties on our google map! All rescues will likely create unique ideas for screening parties, but we invite hosts to use the PAWS New England “party package” with dog-themed drinks, vegan appetizers and desserts.

We invite everyone to join the virtual party on this facebook page!

Don’t have HBO, but want to see the movie? Contact your local cable company and inquire about a HBO trial.
Positive Feedback for HBO

There were many moments over the last year where it looked as though this film might not make it to production. The executives at HBO were concerned that too few people would be interested in a documentary about rescue dogs to justify the expense of making the film. We passionately pledged that animal lovers from all walks of life would tune in and we need you to help us make good on our promise.

In addition to watching the film, we strongly encourage each and every supporter of rescue to:

  • Show your support for the film on this HBO Documentary Facebook Page
  • Leave feedback for the HBO executives on “Join the Conversation” and let them know you want to see more rescue-themed programming
  • Request that HBO commission a follow-up documentary exclusively about rescue that further explores the stories of the featured dogs

A tremendous thank-you for the amazing and selfless work you do. We hope this film will make it just a little easier to save the lives of innocent animals.

Many thanks,
Dr. Kelly Parker
Cofounder PAWS New England


A ton of transports coming up

5 Jun

There are lots and lots of transports coming up for June 9 and 10, so next weekend would be a good time to get out there and save a life or two.

Just click on the Upcoming Transports section of this blog in the header above and scroll through the listings until you find one that’s a good match for you and your vehicle.

Beginners are always welcome.

A Wednesday transport

3 Jun

Hello Drivers:


Would you be able to help two Huskies along their way to their rescue on Wednesday, June 6?

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


*** NEEDED ***

The run plan, including passenger list, is below.





Transport: Wednesday, June 6 from TN to VA


The transport plan is below.  10 minutes are planned between legs.


Transport Coordinator:

Lorene Steffes,, 615-739-6073



1.    Wicket, male, Husky, 3 yrs. old, 60 lbs

2.    Mace, male, Husky, 4 yrs. old, 65 lbs


Wicket and Mace are altered, UTD on shots; in good health to travel; gets along with other dogs; have no known behavior problems; and are traveling with leash, collar, health certificate, rabies certificate and vet paperwork.  


Reason for transport:  foster to rescue transfer.


Sending rescue:  Independent Rescuer

City and State:  Jackson, TN


Receiving rescue:  Alaskan Malamute Assistance League

City and State:  Verona, VA



Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Leg 1

Jackson, TN to Hurricane Mills, TN, 60 mi / 1 hr

Departing Jackson at 7:00 a.m.
Arriving in Hurricane Mills at 8:00 a.m.




Leg 2

Hurricane Mills, TN to Nashville, TN, 65 mi / 1 hr 5 min

Departing Hurricane Mills at 8:10 a.m.
Arriving in Nashville at 9:15 a.m.


*** NEEDED ***


Leg 3

Nashville, TN to Silver Point, TN, 65 mi / 1 hr 5 min

Departing Nashville at 9:25 a.m.
Arriving in Silver Point at 10:30 a.m.


*** NEEDED ***


Leg 4

Silver Point, TN to Crossville, TN, 50 mi / 50 min

Departing Silver Point at 10:40 a.m.
Arriving in Crossville at 11:30 a.m.


*** NEEDED ***


Leg 5

Crossville, TN to West Knoxville, TN 55 mi / 1 hr

Departing Crossville at 11:40 a.m. cdt
Arriving in West Knoxville at 1:40 p.m. edt


*** NEEDED ***


Leg 6
West Knoxville, TN to Morristown, TN 60 mi / 1 hr

Departing West Knoxville at 1:50 p.m.
Arriving in Morristown 2:50 p.m.


*** NEEDED ***


Leg 7
Morristown, TN to Blountville, TN 60 mi / 1 hr

Departing Morristown at 3:00 p.m.
Arriving in Blountville at 4:00 p.m.


*** NEEDED ***


Leg 8
Blountville, TN to Marion, VA 55 mi / 55 min

Departing Blountville at 4:10 p.m.
Arriving in Marion at 5:05 p.m.


*** NEEDED ***


Leg 9
Marion, VA to Pulaski, VA 45 mi / 45 min

Departing Marion at 5:15 p.m.
Arriving in Pulaski at 6:00 p.m.


*** NEEDED ***


Leg 10

Pulaski, VA to Salem, VA 60 mi / 1 hr

Departing Pulaski at 6:10 p.m.
Arriving in Salem at 7:10 p.m.


*** NEEDED ***


Leg 11

Salem, VA to Lexington, VA 50 mi / 50 min

Departing Salem at 7:20 p.m.
Arriving in Lexington at 8:10 p.m.


*** NEEDED ***


Leg 12
Lexington, VA to Verona, VA 40 mi / 45 min

Departing Lexington at 8:20 p.m.
Arriving in Verona, VA at 9:05 p.m.


*** NEEDED ***

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
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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.


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