Transporting Goldens - You will LOVE it!
Do you love to drive….with a new furry friend tucked securely in your back seat?
GRRMF needs transport volunteers to cover key areas for us along the I-4 corridor.
If you live in Tampa or Orlando or anywhere in between with access to I-4, we have a wonderful opportunity for you to meet some of our goldens as they need your “rescue taxi” support to foster homes and vet appointments. Another area is western Hillsborough county along I-75 as well as I-275 from Tampa to St. Petersburg.
Hear from some of our wonderful volunteers why they love transporting their precious passengers and their role in helping the families in the communities we serve.
Judy and Jerry S. – A special transport was a dog lovingly surrendered to us by a man getting up in age and afraid he would fall over the pup (from his other dog’s final litter). He wanted to keep him, but living by himself he wouldn’t be able to get back up after a fall. We remember him kissing the pup on the top of the head, placing him in our back seat and this big, burly man wiping tears away from his eyes as he slowly walked back into the house while the momma dog barked in the backyard. We cried all the way to Melbourne (and still are as we write this).
Jan C. – Seeing a dog torn from all they know, broken-hearted people separated from their beloved dogs, dropping off a scared dog at the intake vet – why on earth would anyone volunteer for this?
The reasons are these:
– Rescues are in need of calm assurance that their lives are now on the path to loving homes.
– The number of sweet, resilient dogs we meet is astounding.
– Having a golden you transported and then meet them again and the dog remembers you from transport is beyond rewarding.
– Seeing some of these dogs in need of quality medical care and knowing they will receive it helps reinforce that rescue is one of the best options.
– Meeting other transporters, vet staff, and fosters who are truly committed to helping the rescues helps me keep faith in humanity.
– Rescue dogs never make rude comments about my singing as we drive.
Isabella A. – What impacts me most is these trusting dogs show their confusion and concern in the changes facing them. They woke up in their own home and bed that morning with their people and are now being given to total strangers and taken on a scary adventure that they cannot comprehend. As transporters, we recognize their fear and confusion and do our very best to help them, knowing they are going to be safe and secure for the rest of their lives. It is what comforts me and keeps me dedicated to this mission.
Sue A.(Coordinator) – Besides the rewarding experience of “Driving Miss Daisy” — a sweet golden in the back seat of my vehicle — I’ve been blessed to be able to arrange the trips for our GRRMF goldens to and from veterinarians and fosters over the past 20+ years. I’m so thankful for the dedicated and caring transport volunteers who make sure our goldens arrive safely at their destinations. It’s a joy to be in contact with such willing volunteers who love the reward they find through transporting our goldens on their way to their forever homes. When I thank them for being available, I often hear “It’s my pleasure.”
Huge Kudos and Thank You to our Transport Volunteers!
Looking forward to you joining the team!