Pet Pals, Inc.-Does and Don'ts of Transporting

NO. 1~~ KEEP ID Tags on ALL PETS at ALL times. ~~

We are often asked to relay pets to get to their forever homes. If you wish to help, please read the following:

In an emergency during a transport do not hesitate to contact the local Humane Society, Animal Shelter or the police who will help find a kennel. Contact your transport coordinator. (Fees will be paid via credit card).

Don't forget to CONTACT your coordinator immediately.

These ARE shelter dogs. Even though they are sweet with adults, they should NOT be left alone with your other pets OR small children. These dogs may become stressed from the long rides and handoffs. As with most shelter pets, some are fence jumpers and some chew leashes. Use caution. We TRY to only transport pets that are VERY sweet, but we can't predict what they will do when scared.
THANK YOU for saving lives :-)

From Laurel:
Something for your do's and don', don't put an uncrated dog in your car without securing it to something that keeps it confined to a given area.......Experience couple weeks ago with a Dalmatian that turned out to have a slight barrier aggression problem. I moved in next to the owner as she was taking him out of the car and I got bit right off the bat. She chalked it up to her kids being in the car and him being protective. Okay, fine. Kid was crying, dog was rattled, makes sense, dummy me. Dog was fine after he was out of her car, on the ground and walking around and got into my pickup no problem. But, when I got to the shelter where I had to make a stop and check out some other animals and then went to get back into my truck, I had a vicious, snarling dog in the cab of my pickup who was hell bent on protecting my pickup......from me. Had I not had him tied to the hand grips on his side of the cab, I might still be standing in the AC parking lot, 80 miles from home, trying to sweet talk a deaf Dalmatian into letting me open the door of my own vehicle.

Deaf is another topic......they can tell you that a dog is deaf, but somehow it doesn't seem to hit home until you are confronted with a totally unresponsive dog. Another situation where a secure lead is a must and don't take it off the lead and don't assume that volunteers are going to think about that.

Breed familiarity in general......If you've never handled a greyhound or some of the others like the Bouviers with a tendency to a strong prey drive, you aren't going to be ready when they bolt right past you and out the car door because some small furry thing just ran across the parking lot 2 acres away.

This falls into the same category of communication as the weight issue. Most transport volunteers are not fussy, they will help with most any kind of dog, but that does not mean that they are familiar with the breed traits of all breeds, your dog in general and the personal quirks of your particular dog unless you tell them. Describe the personality of the dog to them. Tell them how to handle it. Don't just say 'Its a chow'.
The Jargon barrier: In communicating with volunteers or posting a transport.... watch the abbreviations and slang or jargon ....volunteers are often average dog lovers, they may not know what PMR or UTD or JRT are. If they do it much or very long, they will, but if they are new or its a breed specific phrase, they won't. Same thing with terms like 'barrier aggression' ....just say what the dog does and how to work around it.
GOOD ideas, Laurel....THANKS

From : Michell in Sidney
What I learned was leave collar on but take leash off (he chewed it in half) and have a chewie on hand. He was soo excited and only 10 mos old, just needed something to do. We also stopped and picked up 2 small dogs in Chappell on our way. No crates, no papers. They just curled up together in the back seat, but were so dirty and smelly, we had to leave a window cracked. Next time, I will have crate just in case the other person does not. I think its important to have: blanket over back seat, extra leash & collars, portable water dish, chewies, paper towels, a few rags, rubber gloves, & first aid kit, crate, camera, cell phone (which is a god-send) list of everyone's phone number that is involved, and maybe even a list of vets along the route in case of an emergency.

From: Tina
Do you think perhaps using halters instead of neckcollars would prevent puppy mill or unruly dogs from getting away? I can't imagine they would be any more unhappy to have a halter around their back and shoulders than a collar around their neck. Halters are more expensive, but might be more reliable and safer to use.

From: Karen
I personally have discouraged all of my adopters from going that route - (being transported) there was something with Boston Terrier Rescue losing a dog that way (slipping a collar) also - got away from the volunteers, ran out into traffic and was killed. I would never live with that nightmare. Of course, I know with so many of these puppy mill dogs, there is no other alternative than transporting them through volunteers.

From: Mary-ann AdoptADog and
Brenda FurBabiesResQ
About transport/educating helpers.... AMEN! People just do NOT understand that puppymill dogs are SO different, and have to be handled very differently! For one thing they are all Runners and you need a metal CHAIN, not a leash, cause they'll chew it and run.
You need to be prepared to leave them in crates during transport until you have moved the crate INDOORS... they can be so slippery and so fast! The DOG doesn't know you are any different from the only OTHER people it has been in contact with, and it wants to get away from you, by any means possible. Nice, sweet, kind, gentle volunteers are NOT good at handling puppymill dogs! Not until they've been educated!
We need the sort of webpage you are offering... we'll put a link to you
THANKS Mary-Ann!

From John:
It's funny how obvious this stuff seems when you're standing there with
a car full of dog vomit and no cleaning supplies. --J.B.

The following forms may be used for transports

Pet Information
Name of Dog:
Health cert:
Rabies vac:
Advantage, Frontline or Program:
Walks on leash:
Temperament -cats,kids, dogs:
Other vital info.:
Water dish:
Crate and size of crate:

Other items accompanying dog:
Example: Water from initial area for dog.
Food especially if there is an overnight stay on the run
Medications and schedule to dispense
Toys, bedding, etc
Complete Vet records

IF YOU WISH to Help:

Please cut and paste the following:
Runners Name:
Station number:
Work phone:
Home phone:
Cell phone:
ID/Type of vehicle:
Pickup point: Where YOU can start
Transfer point: Where you can stop
Notes: Enter time limits, e-mail access limited to work hours only, or
other restrictions here!



Breed of Dog_________________________________________________
Name of Dog_________________________________________________
Age____________ Sex__________________________Color___________________
I,____________________________________, acting as a representative of Keokuk Animal Shelter, will accept this dog and will deliver this dog to an approved transporter.
I assume full liability and responsibility for the dog until the time of the handoff. At this time the GIVER, relinquishes all responsibility for this dog.

Signature of Representative ____________________________________________________
City, State, Zip________________________________________

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