Rescue Road Trips
Start writing a post
Lifestyle

Rescue Road Trips

"Saving lives, four paws at a time."

250
Rescue Road Trips
Rescue Road trips

My family recently adopted a puppy that was found down in Mississippi locked in an abandoned home, which got me thinking. We rarely hear of abandoned dogs here up north, though don't get me wrong, it happens, but not nearly as much as it does down south.

It's not that people just don't like dogs down there, or that we like them more up north. People just don't always have the capabilities to care for and house dogs, and due to poverty and other cultural differences, there are a lot of roaming dogs without homes down south. Southern culture is different in many other ways; for instance, there are not strong leash laws like there are in the north, and people down south don't tend to view dogs as family members, but rather as property. Where I'm from, up here on the North Shore, it's very typical to have your dog sleeping in your bed with you and roaming around the house as if it's their own. Down south, dogs are left outside, and spaying and neutering is not as common, which naturally leads to an increased dog population. Many of these dogs end up being euthanized due to overrun shelters in poor living areas.

Here is where Rescue Road Trips, inc. comes in, a low cost transport service for rescue dogs in the "deep south." Greg Mahle travels 4,200 miles every other week to rescue dogs from high-kill shelters down south and bring them to loving homes up north. Due to the lengthy trip, there are scheduled breaks for going to the bathroom, walking, and snacking, where "angels," groups of volunteers, help walk the dogs and give them each one-on-one time. During the trip, there is always at least one person with the dogs at all times to provide them with comfort and care.

As for the trip itself, "we leave Ohio on Tuesdays, passing through Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and arrive in Texas on Wednesday nights. Thursdays we work our way from Texas, head across Louisiana and then head north towards Tennessee. Fridays are spent getting from the south to above the Mason-Dixon line. Saturdays are the magic day, because after facing death, all dogs with me are about to embark on the most love-filled part of their lives with their forever families."

At the end of the trip, the dogs are brought to their loving families on a day dubbed "Gotcha Day." "Gotcha day is a joyously emotional experience for all involved. Be ready to shed a tear and have your heart stolen." The greatest thing about this guy's job is bringing these little loves to families that will love them for the rest of their lives. I don't know about you, but I could do that for the rest of my life and be completely satisfied.

If you are interested in adopting a best friend, or you can't but you'd still like to help, click here.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

8 Things That Should Be On Everyone's Holiday To-Do List

December is around the corner, are you ready?

1752
8 Things That Should Be On Everyone's Holiday To-Do List
Unsplash.com

As they tend to say, its the most wonderful time of the year! People have begun to compile their Christmas to-do lists in anticipation for the season of sugarplums and gingerbread.

The history of the Christmas to-do lists goes back hundreds of years, almost as old as the holiday itself, however, people tend to fall out of this habit as they get older. This is unfortunate, as the theme of Christmas tradition can add bundles of the spirit of joy to your families.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Fall Weather Must-Haves

Put away the swim suits and your favorite high-waisted shorts!

3599

The transitional months of fall can cause some fashion headaches as you try to figure out what clothing to keep in your closet. With limited amount of college living space and the ever-unpredictable Nebraska weather, sometimes it’s difficult to know what should be taking up that precious closet space as you transition into winter. As you pack away those tanks and shorts for the chilly months ahead, get your closet ready with a few Fall must-haves. 

Keep Reading... Show less
Content Inspiration

Top 3 Response Articles of This Week

Take a look at the articles driving big conversations on Odyssey.

4672
https://www.theodysseyonline.com/video/we-are-rollins-odyssey
https://www.theodysseyonline.com/video/we-are-rollins-odyssey

At Odyssey, we're on a mission to encourage constructive discourse on the Internet. That's why we created the response button you can find at the bottom of every article.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

Holidays With A Small Family

I wouldn't trade what we have for the world.

6529
Matt Johnsn

When I was a kid I always went to my grandparents house whenever we celebrated any sort of holiday. We were a decently sized family and it was always a blessing to be in their house and surrounded by love during the holiday season. However, that all changed when my grandfather passed away and my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. The family then began to drift apart and life went on, and we ended up all celebrating our own holidays with other family members.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Safe Spaces Or Regressive Spaces?

Turns out shielding yourself from ideas can be detrimental to your ability to learn

4679
www.semipartisansam.com

College is a place for people who want to learn. That is the primary function of any academic institution. Its purpose is not to coddle us, nor should the community always be in agreement with us. We are supposed to surround ourselves with a variety of viewpoints that challenge us to learn, not the same repetitive points of view that make us happy.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments