Ruff Transport is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) organization that helps bridge the gap for animals needing a ride to rescue. Without a ride, many of the animals we help would not make it out of the high intake shelters.
The world can be a cruel place for an unwanted animal. Transport helps companion animals get to a place where life can be good again. We call this ride the Freedom Ride because they will ultimately be free from past hunger, sickness and abandonment.
Thank you for helping to support these life saving rides with your donations. Helping our rescue partners with transport, fostering, and adoption is also a wonderful way to help.
There is a great need for special runs. Often animals need to travel to specific locations or travel alone due to urgency or location factors. In 2020 , Cathy began filling that need with multi-leg, multi driver runs that she coordinates for rescues and shelters. If you're a volunteer driver Cathy could use your help. If you're a shelter or rescue in need of a special run, please contact Cathy. She is highly experienced and has been part of Ruff Transport since inception. Cathy.firstname.lastname@example.org
A replacement van is a must, as our current Promaster van has had multiple repairs and is closing in on 200,000 miles this summer. Its important that we continue to use our current Promaster as long as she will get our passengers safely to rescues. That era is closing in on us though and we find ourselves in need of a new transport van.
Here are some tips that we have found useful (and sometimes non negotiable) if your transporting or overnighting rescue dogs
No we do not charge a fee, but we only take animals to approved rescue partners. We do not adopt out animals ourselves, or do private adoption transports.
Dogs and cats board our transport because a rescue has agreed to help them. Animals we pick up are rarely ready to be adopted. They need vetting , time to decompress from their past, and evaluations by trained rescue groups. However, they will be adoptable soon, so feel free to message us and we can tell you what rescue that animal went to.
We often don't know much about an our passengers until we pick them up. Even then they are usually scared or not quite themselves as transport and shelters can be scary places. Thats why rescues are so important in finding out more about a dogs personality and getting good photos of new arrivals. Please search adoptapet.com and petfinder.com if your looking for a specific dog/cat. Following a local rescues website and Facebook page will also help you stay informed about any new animals that come into a specific rescue. If you're in Dayton, OH please search Petharbor.com as well for any animals needing homes at The Animal Resource Center. Following Facebook pages of local rescues keeps you informed about the latest arrivals, and adoption events.