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Support our troops – and their pets

9 Jul
Dogs on Deployment Rescue Connection

Dear Rescuer,

My name is Alisa Johnson (alisa@dogsondeployment.org), and I am the President of Dogs on Deployment. Dogs on Deployment is a non-profit which promotes responsible pet-ownership and the military-pet community by providing an online resource for military members to search for volunteers willing to board their pets during deployments, training or hardships. Since our launch in June 2011, we have helped nearly 80 military pets find loving homes in their owner’s absence and have a network of nearly 600 boarders located across the country. We also have resources available for moving military families in country and overseas. We rely solely on the public’s support to improve the service we can offer to military members nationwide. We have a very active Facebook page we hope you’ll like and share.

I am writing you in order to let you know that we exist; so if you ever hear of a military pet in need, you know where to send them. Often times pets are the casualties to fallen through pet care plans before deployments, and end up needlessly in shelters. We hope that if you ever hear of a military member requesting to relinquish their pet due to the service requirements, you refer them to us first. If you ever adopt a pet to a military family, please educate them of our program in case they need to utilize us in the future.

Military members can be wonderful pet owners, but unfortunately there is a lack of support for pet owners within the military. We’re here to provide that.

We have an informational flyer that you can print for your community wall, or pass out to military families adopting from you. Also, if you have a resource page on your website, please consider adding a resource specifically geared for military members. We would love for our page to be mentioned and linked to for help during deployments.

If your organization is interested in joining our foster network to provide temporary homes for military pets, please respond to this email. We are hoping to network with several rescues across the nation to expand our military foster network, as well as be connected with breed specific rescues for when we have pure-breds posted on our website.

We also hope that you might be interested in supporting our national petition to standardize military pet policies on base housing, securing the rights of pet owners to own their pets, regardless of breed or size, on base and have the confidence that no matter where they go, the policy will be the same. We have a Facebook page for our petition and are requesting our Change.org petition be shared in order to help us receive 100,000 signatures.

Thank you considering supporting Dogs on Deployment, your troops and their pets.

Alisa Johnson
President, Dogs on Deployment

Transport coordinators – help needed

22 Jun

Coordinators, we need a little help finding a rescue for Tara.

We need a foster home or a good no-kill shelter or an adoptive home up north for this black lab girl, who really deserves a shot at a good life.

Tara is only 8 months old and she will be spayed before being transported. She was pulled as a stray several months ago from an animal control center in Tennessee, where she faced certain death.

She is currently living with a rescuer who cannot keep her. She is really good with people. She may have a food aggression issue with other dogs, but lots of strays have that.

I volunteer to drive the first leg if we can get her on a transport to safety.

Please contact Beth at Underdog Railroad

email: tnpetrescue@aol.com



How to save a dog’s life

16 Jun

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, k9pathways@earthlink.net, 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

Website: www.malamuterescue.org


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 ***

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 <cherryharleytransports@fastmail.fm>
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 cherryharleytransports@fastmail.fm 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)
cherryharleytransports@fastmail.fm  ( @ fastmail.fm)
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 jojuboi1@yahoo.com
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 magwatt@charter.net or 423-208-6290.


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