Dogs from a hoarding situation in South Central Texas will be making their “Guadalupe Getaway” next weekend when they hit the road for New York with five dedicated humans who are doing everything they can to improve life for these dogs and for all the companion animals in Guadalupe County, Texas.
After months of working with the situation that one of the women of Animal Rescue Foundation, a non-profit in my town, noticed while driving in the rural area of the county, 33 dogs of the dozens who are currently living at a house with no running water or electricity, will be leaving the South and heading for Yankee homes.
ARF has been working with the owner of the dozens of dogs and cats to encourage her to accept assistance with the animals. Some of the dogs have been placed around here and all of the cats (“Even the pregnant ones,” the founder of ARF told me), but our area has a huge overpopulation of dogs and cats and it’s not likely many of these dogs would be adopted.
Rather than give up on finding homes for these dogs, ARF came up with the idea of taking the healthy, adoptable ones North. By working with Best Friends Animal Sanctuary’s local group in New York, and a lot of their friends, the dream of giving the dogs a second chance is coming closer to reality.
There’s a lot of work to do to get the dogs ready for the trip. A local veterinarian will be giving them a health check Monday and making sure they are all up-to-date on their vaccinations. ARF is asking for help from other local volunteers to collect bedding, collapsible crates, towels, collars and leashes.
Someone donated a motor home for the trip, but the Guadalupe Getaway won’t get underway until ARF buys tires for the vehicle.
The people of ARF are also asking for assistance from supporters who live along the route they will take from Guadalupe County, Texas to New York. Just five people will be traveling with approximately 33 dogs, so they would love to meet folks who can help walk the dogs on the rest stops along the way.
While rest stops aren’t set in stone yet, the route from Texas starts on I-10 through New Orleans. They’ll head north on I-59 through Mississippi and Alabama, passing through Birmingham, and on to Tennessee. They’ll pass through Chattanooga and Knoxville on I-81, which also takes them through Virgina and into Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania they’ll turn onto I-78 and pass through Harrisburg and Allentown and on into New Jersey before they reach New York.
Anybody who would like to connect with the Guadalupe Getaway dogs and the humans of ARF can leave a comment on this story, or if you want more information, contact my human at email@example.com, and she’ll connect you with the expedition. I’ll share info as it comes in on my own blog, Cheshire Kitten Loves Karma while the dogs are traveling.
Of course, an operation like this can use financial support as well. Anybody who would like to donate to make the Guadalupe Getaway possible for these dogs can donate online. ARF-Texas is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, and all donations are fully tax deductible.