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September 7, 2011 by Blythe Lopez in Home with 0 Comments

My name is Blythe and I love all animals, especially those who have experienced some kind of suffering and are in need of a good home. I have been fortunate to have many years of experience volunteering with various organizations, such as Anti-Cruelty Society, Mercy for Animals and more recently, Tree House and Reach Out Rescue.

As a volunteer for Reach Out Rescue, I am a rescue transport person. I drive my Toyota Corolla to Gary, Indiana and pick up rescued animals (usually dogs, sometimes cats) and drive them to a safe place. These safe places include veterinary offices, where they are given physical exams to make sure they’re healthy and get all of their needed vaccinations as well as prepping for spay or neuter surgery.

From there, the animals are picked up by rescue groups, such as Recycled Rotts, and other specific-breed rescues. Often, they are boarded at the vet’s offices until a foster or permanent home can be found. These generous vets give their time and usually offer discounts to the rescue group. Other times, I drive the animals to a foster home.

The very first time I drove to the Gary Animal Care and Control, I was nervous because I had no idea where I was going. Passing boarded-up, burned out buildings, I found their location down an alley that would make most single women traveling alone, very nervous! However, I always think about the urgency of the animals in need of care, and my fears disappear when I focus on them.

I usually fit anywhere from 1-3 dogs in my car, however I have had 4 puppies at once, as well as 6 cats at once! I never know what to expect when I do these rescue transports, because these animals are kept in separate cages at the Animal Care and Control, I don’t know if they’ll get along once placed in my sedan. I only wish I had purchased an SUV type vehicle for better hauling use!! (If anyone wants to trade cars with me, please let me know!) (Although after you read a few of these stories, you might not want my car!) Every rescue transfer I’ve done has an interesting story to go with it. I hope you read on, to see why!

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