This page will feature guidelines for fellow volunteer organizations to consult.
Transport Guidelines – Many dogs are transported from high-kill or overcrowded shelters to other parts of the US. Safety is the top priority for both volunteers and dogs turing any transport. Below is a list of supplies transport drivers should have handy and a summarized list of suggestions to keep drivers and dogs safe during the journey. See the complete guidelines here: LDoW-TransportGuidelines [pdf]
- Insured car
- Towel and shredded newspaper
- Martingale Collars with ID tag
- For extremely shy dogs – martengale collar w/ID tag along w/harness w/ID tag
- Water and bowl
- Plastic bags
- Hand Sanitizer
- Cell Phone
- Masking Tape and a PERMANENT Magic Marker
Summary of Transport Info
- Share cell phone number, description of car and license # with the transport coordinator so it may be shared with all volunteers helping with a particular transport.
- Before the transport commences, the transport coordinator should give everyone an emergency phone number that people can reach in case of car problems, being late, etc.
- Set times and locations to meet – choose public, easily accessible meeting places.
- All dogs must wear a collar with a phone number on it. If need be, wrap a portion of the collar with tape and place the shelter’s or rescue’s telephone number on it.
- When picking up the dog, bring the crate into the shelter and place the dog into the crate and ask a staff person/ volunteer to carry the dog to the car.
- Once the dog is placed in the crate, remove the lead. Dogs can be strangled or chew through the lead while in transit.
- Dogs are to be transported in crates only – do not allow them free movement within the vehicle.
- When transferring dogs to another car, secure the dog with a leash while you are in the car with the doors and windows closed.
- Dogs do not need to be exercised – this just adds another factor into a dog escaping at unknown place.
- Hot temperatures, vehicles, and dogs do not mix – please make sure that windows that dogs are not left in closed vehicles at any time when weather is hot.
- Call the transport coordinator once the transport is complete so they know all is well.
- Use a mileage log for your use in tracking mileage for tax purposes.