Traveling Friends Transit

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Organization campaign Keep it all Toronto, ON, CA

Traveling Friends Transit is an animal rescue transport service that will save animals from high kill shelters and safely bring them to fosters, rescues, and adopters. See the whole story

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2% raised of $17.8k goal



Finished Aug 18, 2014

Short Summary

10,000 – that is the estimated number of murdered animals in shelters across the United States every single day. Some animals are never seen or heard, like the dogs at Animal Care Services’ overflow facility, Brooks, in San Antonio, TX. These dogs rely on social media to get fostered, rescued, adopted, and most of them do not even get a plea before “euthanasia.” Animals are murdered for space. Animals are slaughtered, because some believe it is easier to kill them then save them. Kill shelters use heart sticks, lethal injection, and some even still use the vile gas chambers. It is the disturbing truth.

I was shielded from the horrors of corrupt animal shelters, dog fighting rings, abusive and neglectful pet owners, and all of the sick, and unwanted animals wandering the streets. If picked up by Animal Control, these animals sit and wait in a soiled cage with only two options: get out or die, never knowing love or compassion.

Networking their pictures and donating to these animals was simply not enough. I had to do more. I researched further and discovered that both for-profit and non-profit organizations have transported animals from southern high kill shelters to adopters and rescues in the north. Immediately, I knew this was a service I wanted to be involved in. I pitched the idea to my boyfriend, and he was on board.

We want to start our own animal rescue transport service, Traveling Friends Transit, to help save animals from high kill shelters and bring them to the loving arms of rescuers and adopters. 

Just recently, we volunteered to transport a 10-month old Basset Hound to upstate New York, so he could be united with his new family. It was such a rewarding experience, and we would love to continue helping our four-legged companions.

We currently reside in Pennsylvania, so in the beginning, we will focus on the animals in our own state, along with a few surrounding states. Gradually, we will expand farther south to help more animals in need. My boyfriend has a full time job, and I have my own dog walking/pet sitting service, so we will transport on the weekends. We are hoping to gain enough business so we can turn it into a full time job.

We intend to transport dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, rabbits, ferrets, etc. Our number one priority is the safety of the animals we will be transporting. We will ensure the ride is comfortable and pleasant for our furry friends. Each animal will be kept in a separate crate, except for litters. We want to make separate trips for adult animals and babies, because puppies and kittens are weak and more vulnerable to sicknesses. If we must transport them together, we intend to keep them far away and isolated from the adults. We will not transport sick animals, or ones infested with fleas and/or ticks. We will abide by the USDA regulations for transporting animals to ensure they stay healthy and safe. Each animal will have water available at all times. We will stop every few hours to take the dogs out to exercise and go to the bathroom. A small amount of food will only be given on long trips. We will encourage shelters and rescues to send along the animals’ favorite toys or blanket (as long as it is clean).


We are hoping to use the money for purchasing a used extended cargo van, crates, food/water bowls, leashes, collars, blankets, necessary licenses, insurance, USDA certification, and if we exceed our goal, it will be used towards maintenance of the vehicle, and any unforeseen fees.


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