Charlie to the Rescue is a cross posting network that seeks to save companion animals in danger of euthanization at especially high kill shelters across the country. Leveraging the speed of social networking on Facebook and Twitter, posts are sent out to a growing group of people who cross post the information to their networks.
Animals come in every breed from unusual Cane Corso mastiffs to German Shepherd puppies and almost every mix of breeds. Ages range from young 6-week-old pups to senior dogs. The mission of the group is to get information out on urgent dogs in shelters who are being euthanized simply because of over crowding or in the case of some shelters, because of their breed the shelter cannot adopt them out in the community in which the shelter is located.
Several Wichita area shelters and rescues will adopt animals to homes outside of Kansas, though you rarely see Wichita area urgents on the list. This may be due to the number of organizations serving Wichita, including two no-kill shelters with Lifeline Animal Protection & Placement and Meadowbrook Safe Harbor. However, it is not uncommon for a Wichita rescue to help save an animal from another state.
When an animal is “pulled” for rescue, that is only the beginning of the journey. When a rescue organization is out of state from the shelter, transportation must be coordinated to get the dog or cat to safety. In some cases, a rescue volunteer is willing to add animals when they are already headed for a destination. In other cases, legs of the trip have to be scheduled to help transport the animal to its rescue or adopter.
Julie Smith at Dog N’ Bone Rescue said that transportation volunteers are “worth their weight in gold” to make rescues from a distance possible. At Big Dogs Huge Paws, transportation volunteers have driven to Parsons, KS to pick up an abandoned gentle giant, and with the national network, have needed transportation volunteers to help take dogs to their new families in nearby states such as Colorado, or bring them in from another state if they will be fostered in Wichita.
Developing a national transportation volunteer database has been in the works for a while at Charlie to the Rescue, and everything is in place to add people from across the country who are willing to provide transportation for a rescued companion animal.
The database will help rescues find volunteers who can take a specific leg of a transport trip. You can add your name to the database on the page, and if you’re with a rescue, will be able to search by state to find transportation volunteers.
It is a life saving mission to help get a dog that was perhaps minutes away from euthanization to a rescue where it will have a chance to once again become a beloved family dog, or one, that despite a rocky life on the streets, has continued to seek out human companionship and deserves to have the life that it has yet to know. In many cases, you’re giving a puppy a chance to grow up.
Take a moment to visit the Charlie to the Rescue site to see the kinds of animals they work to save, and add your name to the database. You may not be able to answer every call for a Kansas leg of a trip, but even being able to help out a couple of times, you’ll find it is a rewarding effort knowing you’ve given your transport charge a chance to live with a real family.
While you’re at the Charlie to the Rescue site, sign up to become part of the cross posting network. While not every urgent animal can be saved, it is making a difference for hundreds who might otherwise have been put down. Organizations like Charlie to the Rescue are helping one life at a time for animals that find themselves in very high kill shelters. I will warn you, it can be difficult to see the hopeful as well as the hopleless faces in the photos, but it’s also rewarding when word of rescue or adoption is posted as an update. You’ll never know whether your cross post or sharing information with a rescue volunteer you know made a difference, only that one more was saved.