Monday, March 17, 2014

Dog Rescue: Transporting Brewster from Alabama to Delaware!!!

Brewster Ready to leave the south
  This weekend we took part in another Dog rescue transport and this was a huge undertaking for the coordinator because this little dog came from Alabama to Delaware to find his forever home! 
Brewster is a tiny, adorable little guy!
  Transporting dogs from the south to the north has sadly become a common thing because I've noticed more of a majority of people in the south (certainly not all) refuse to spay and neuter their animals. -  I say this from experience because I lived in GA, TN and KY.  Those that don't spay and neuter and can't care for offspring I've seen many accounts where people will either bring them to kill shelters or abandon them on the streets.  My friend Sandra who moved to AL has saved many "street dogs."
A MASSIVE COORDINATION - 
Regardless, many rescues and volunteers have to work together to form the network to bring these dogs to the North, where there are many more responsible pet owners (Can you tell my disgust for the way a lot of people in the south treat their dogs and cats?)  
KUDOS TO A GREAT COORDINATOR - 
   This weekend, Kathy Hamilton, who is a an "OTRA Verified Transport Coordinator " organized the huge transport that required 13 different teams of volunteers to get a little dachshund/chihuahua named Brewster to his forever home.  The transport also included a dog named "Kurt" who found his home further south of Delaware, but he was on the initial transport, too. 
EACH DRIVER'S RESPONSIBILITY - 
Kurt also found a home!
   ALL of these drivers had to pick a spot somewhere to meet the driver of the next leg of the journey, so this took a huge amount of coordination and these trips usually MUST happen within a Week!! Drivers also have to have treats and water, crates or someone to hold the dog, and let them have bathroom breaks while ensuring they don't get away (some try to run!).
  Here are some of the photos from the trip and all of the different volunteers and the travel legs they drove. 
Karin from Leg #11 and #12 with Brewster
WHO IS BREWSTER THE DOG? He was born somewhere near Birmingham, AL and was saved from a kill shelter by Almost Home Dachshund Rescue. He's a male Dachshund, who is considered a "Red Dapple" color. He only weighs10 lbs and the rescue had him neutered.  Kathy noted to the transporters that "Brewster is very sweet but run if he gets a chance and he's traveling with: leash, collar, food, vet records and health certificate." 

HERE ARE THE TRANSPORT LEGS AND VOLUNTEERS:
1)  LEG #1 Birmingham AL to Oxford AL (60 miles)... Filled Debbie P.  8:00AM - 9:00AM
Driver #1 ~ Deborah Parker,  passengers~  Kurt and Brewster  (2 dachshunds) 
2) LEG #2 Oxford AL to Douglasville GA (67 miles)... Filled Debbie P. 9:05AM - 10:15AM 
Driver #1 ~ DOG passengers~Kurt and Brewster (2 dachshunds) 
Brewster and Tom ham it up on Leg #13
3)   LEG #3 Douglasville GA to Lawrenceville GA (50 miles)... Filled Karen  10:25AM - 11:15AM 
Driver #1 ~ DOGpassengers ~Kurt, Brewster (Pick up Doxie Girl in Atlanta)  Debbie Bell will meet transport in Lawrenceville, GA with Jonah (another dog!)
4)   LEG #4 Lawrenceville GA to Anderson SC (81 miles)... Filled Karen  11:20AM - 12:50AM
Driver #1 ~ DOG passengers ~ Kurt, Brewster, Jonah  (Now carrying 3 dogs!)
5)  LEG #5 Anderson SC to Spartanburg SC (63 miles)...  Filled John   12:50PM - 1:50PM
DOGpassengers ~ Kurt,  Brewster, Jonah 
6) LEG #6 Spartanburg SC to Charlotte NC / 91 miles / 1 hour 35 min... Filled Debbie   2:00PM - 3:35PM   DOG passengers ~ Kurt, Brewster, Jonah 
Rob and Brewster hamming on Leg #13
7)  LEG #7 Charlotte, NC to High Point, NC / 78 miles / 1 hour 20 min... Filled Nicole  3:45PM - 5:05PM   DOG passengers ~ Kurt,  Brewster, Jonah

**DOG #1 TO ADOPTER! :  Kurt will be picked up by his adopter in High Point
8)  LEG #8 High Point, NC to Durham, NC / 65 miles / 1 hour 5 min...Filled Margaret  5:10PM - 6:15PM  DOG  passengers ~  Brewster, Jonah
**DOG #2 TO ADOPTER!!  Jonah will be going to Wanda  in Durham 
**OVERNIGHT DONE IN~Durham, NC for Brewster .......Filled Christine**

Then, back on the road the next day!!
Sunday March 16, 2014
9) LEG #9 Durham, NC to South Hill, VA / 72 miles / 1 hour 15 min. ...Filled Christine  9:00 AM to 10:00 AM   DOG Passenger - Brewster 
10) LEG #10 South Hill, VA to Richmond, VA / 80 miles / 1 hour 20 min....Filled Christine
Shelley and Brewster on Leg #14, the last leg!
10:20AM - 11:20AM  - DOG passenger  Brewster
11)  LEG #11 Richmond, VA to Fredericksburg, VA / 57 miles / 1 hour ..Filled Karin 11:40AM - 12:50PM  DOG passenger  Brewster  
 12)  LEG #12 Fredericksburg, VA to Alexandria, VA / 48 miles / 1 hour ...Filled Karin 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  DOG passenger Brewster 
13) LEG #13 Alexandria, VA to Baltimore, MD / 47 miles / 1 hour ...Filled Rob & Tom  2:10 PM to 3:10 PM  DOG passenger Brewster
14)  LEG #14 Baltimore, MD to Newark, DE / 63 miles / 1 hour 10 min ...Filled Shelley! 3:20 PM to 4:30 PM
Judy and Leon: Brewster's new parents!
FINALLY HOME TO HIS NEW PARENTS!!  Brewster's Adopter in Newark, DE!!  CONGRATULATIONS Leon and Judi!

HAPPY NOTE FROM BREWSTER'S NEW PARENTS - The rescue coordinator received this great note from Brewster's new parents:
We want to thank each and every one of you for all you did to rescue Brewster, provide foster care and to ensure his safe travel from Alabama to his home in Pennsylvania.  More importantly, we are thankful for being granted adoption of Brewster.  He arrived home shortly before 5pm and he was given a tour of his new home.  He is adjusting so very well and has settled in.  He was very quiet but we did finally get to hear him bark! 
     (Leon and Judi lost their dog Roscoe recently and saw Brewster afterward. They said:)
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A picture of love: Brewster and his new parents!
   We thought the best tribute we could give Roscoe would be to rescue another and give a precious soul another chance at life.  
(**This is Exactly what our late pets want us to do!***)
About a week passed and we found Brewster.  There was something about his eyes that attracted me.  The more I would look at those eyes, the more I would feel that Roscoe was speaking to us that he was the one we should adopt. We still did not act immediately, still feeling the loss, but we ultimately made the decision to see if Brewster was available for adoption. And tonight while he was checking out the living room he went over to the curio cabinet where Roscoe's ashes rest and he looked up as if he was thanking Roscoe.  
   What we were privileged to witness this weekend with the coordination and travel operation of the rescue transport was so very amazing.  I was a volunteer firefighter, fire chief, and a former police officer.  They say first responders are heroes, but friends, you all are true heroes. We will never forget each and every one of you.  We thank you again for all you did and for all you do. We are attaching some pics of Brewster's first day with his second chance of fun filled days of a safe haven full of love and praise and comfort for him ...and for us, something we humans still need to understand and that is unconditional love. God Bless you all,
Leon and Judi

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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