Stories from the Dog Rescue Railroad.

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I am the author of Every Rescued Dog Has a Tale and a volunteer with many dog transport groups on the internet. ALL profits from the sale of the book have gone to dog rescue groups and rural animal shelters. Follow me on

Monday, November 8, 2010

Ohio SPCA: Investigating, Taking Action, Saving Lives

The Ohio SPCA is the reason I began transporting dogs back in 2002. Early in this video you will see Hooch, the black Newfoundland mix we helped to save from Pike County. That summer the Ohio SPCA saved over 200 dogs from a county where they used a homemade gas box to kill the homeless dogs. Not only was that illegal but inhumane. The dogs did not die quickly, they suffered horribly. Since that time the Ohio SPCA has gone on to challenge many other Ohio counties to change the way they euthanize and to comply with even the minimal state cruelty laws. In October of this year they were successful in getting the gas box dismantled at the Fayette County dog pound after threatening to sue.

Here is a very heart-warming photo of the old gas box being demolished!

Many rural counties want to do things the CHEAPEST, EASIEST way...but that is not the kindest way and the animals are the ones who suffer. That is who the Ohio SPCA speaks for.

As long as they can continue to exist, the OHIO SPCA will be "the Voice for the Animals in Ohio", but they are a SMALL group of VOLUNTEERS  with a SMALL budget. Even though the name is SPCA, they receive NOTHING from the national ASPCA...they exist only from the donations of animal lovers like you.

Right now they have an URGENT need to buy 1200 bales of hay at only $3 each to be able to feed their 100 rescued farm animals with special needs on their 40 acre sanctuary in Pickaway County Ohio. I visited there in September and met some of the rescued goats. Below is a picture of one of the special needs goats named ANGEL..They are all  VERY CHARMING.  But they will not survive this coming winter without food and hay. The OHIO SPCA will not survive this harsh season without your continued financial support.

If you become a member between now and December 20, I will be sending you a FREE, signed copy of my book "Every Rescued Dog Has a Tale"...that is how much I believe in what they are doing at the OHIO SPCA. It will make a great gift for you to give to a dog lover this Christmas and at the same time you will be insuring that the animals on the farm are fed, and investigations into abuse situations can continue.

There is MUCH to be done in Ohio as far as animal cruelty is concerned, and we need the OHIO SPCA to survive to be the ones to step up and SPEAK OUT when no one else does.

PLEASE support them with your donations. Send your tax deductible donations to P.O. Box 546
Grove City, OH and for a membership of $25 or more, I will send you a free, signed copy of Every Rescued Dog Has a Tale".

I was just telling Nellie, one of the many rescued goats, about how all of you kind hearted people were going to help feed them this winter. She says she will try not to be so worried anymore. HURRY! It is getting COLD!!


Monday, September 6, 2010

New Video About Transporting Dogs - "Faces From the Road"

This is a little video I put together to show some of the homeless dogs who have been saved by being transported by volunteers on the Dog Rescue Railroad.

If you would like to help, go to Yahoo Groups and search for "dog transport" or "dog rescue transport". With more volunteers we could save so many more lives like these.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Nice Story from the Cincinnati Enquirer about transporting

Thanks to Rachel Richardson of the Cincinnati Enquirer for this nice article about how we transport dogs to save them from kill shelters.

This is Amotti, an abused Anatolian Shepherd we transported this month.  

He had been tied up outside and his leg got tangled in his chain and became badly infected. When the owners could not afford vet care for his wound, they turned him into a shelter in Lexington, KY. He was pulled by NASRN rescue and we helped drive him to his new foster mom in Wooster OH where he is recovering well.

Now he needs a forever home where he can be safe from abuse.

                      NO DOGS ON CHAINS...EVER!!!

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Tiny Poodle Rescue

My friend and fellow rescuer, BJ, called me on Saturday afternoon to see if I could ride with her down to Carrollton, Kentucky to pick up two mini-poodles.  They had been saved by Tammie Crawford of the Carroll County Animal Support group so they would not be turned over to the dog pound there. A woman had taken them from her own daughter because she was not taking care of them properly. They were matted and covered in fleas, their teeth look really bad. Both of the dogs have lost the hair around their eyes due to the flea problem. Also they need to be spayed/neutered.

The little girl is named Coco, who I am holding in the photo. The male is named Little Man.

It was about an hour each way and they were  very active on the way home. They seem to know they are going to better things now. BJ will foster them for the time being for GRR- Midwest rescue, but I would not be surprised if she decides to adopt them. They are about 2 or 3 years old but we have no vet records right now to confirm that.

It was a great way to spend my holiday, helping save little lives.


Monday, April 5, 2010


On Saturday April 3 I attended a meeting to discuss the ballot initiative to have dog auctions banned in the State of Ohio. I am now collecting signatures on a petition so we can have this put on the ballot next year. Dog auctions are the leading source of dogs used for breeding by puppy mills and backyard breeders. If we are to put an end to the horrors of puppy mills, we need to start with the dog auctions. Pennsylvania already passed a law against this and we can too!

Please check out the site for more information on this subject. You can even download petitions there if you want.

A couple of weeks ago I helped transport 3 little Schnauzers, about 2 years old, that were obviously from a backyard breeder or a puppy mill. When we put them on the ground for their potty break, they had no idea how to stand on concrete. They had always been on wire floors. Their feet curled under and their toenails were too long. When I picked them up, they clung to me for dear life, and I am sure they had never been held by a human before. They were afraid to make eye contact with me at first but little by little they began to trust me and even licked my hand once or twice.

We drove them to a rescue where they were groomed and fed and shown love for the first time. They are  now safe in foster homes and learning how to play with toys and hopefully will be adopted soon.

We need to put an end to puppy mill so no dogs suffer like these babies did.

Please support the Ban on Ohio Dog Auctions!!