Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Written by CPs VP of Intakes

It never ceases to amaze me the dedication and know no boundaries attitude of CP volunteers! Last week we had Monika and her friend drive from Columbia, SC to Carthage, MO in one day to pick-up 17 of the City Slickers and then head back east with stops in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Viginia and North Carolina before ending up back home in Columbia, SC very late Sunday night.

Today we have Julie, our Transport Director, and Joellyn, road warrior in a wheelchair, hitting the roads to make sure two more of the City Slickers make it to their foster homes this weekend. These two little girls were traveling from Carthage, MO to foster homes in northern and eastern Michigan. The Transport Team hit a roadblock moving them from the Chicago area around the lake and into Michigan. There just weren't any volunteers available to cover a little more than a 200 mile stretch.

Enter Julie and Joellyn. Now for those of you not good with geography -- Julie and Joellyn live in Wisconsin -- more than 175 miles NORTH (3.25 hours driving time - ONE way) from where these two girls needed to be picked up. They left home at 5:30 AM this morning to get them picked up in Chicago and then headed to Michigan with them. In total Julie and Joellyn will drive more than 750 miles today, spending close to 16 hours, to cover this 200 mile stretch with just about half of that distance and time just to get to and from where the two girls were in Chicago and back home.

We have many heavily traveled main corridors across the midwest and east coast that get alot of CP traffic on them. We can never have enough volunteers who are ready, willing and able to help transport our furkids and today is a prime example of that. Even in a major metropolitan area like Chicago where we have quite a few volunteers, we still couldn't get this transport filled.

If you are not signed up as a Transport Volunteer, but think you would be able to help in the future not only in this corridor but anywhere in the country, please click here to complete the Transport Volunteer Application on the website so your information will be in the Transport Database. Let your family, friends, coworkers know about what we do to help the Cairns move across the country and ask them if they would be willing to help. The more volunteers, the better chances we have of getting the furkids moved and the less distance everyone will have to travel. Mileage expense or gas reimbursement is available. Hopefully, we won't have to count on Julie and Joellyn to fill this leg in the future. and can just keep them on transports closer to home here in Wisconsin.

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