By Michele C. Hollow for Pet News and Views
Their hearts are big and so are their rigs. The men and women of Operation Roger describe themselves as “a rag-tag group of 20-30 truckers who volunteer to help needy pets find loving homes.”
If you talk to anyone of the volunteers of this 501 (c) (3), they will tell you that they are truckers first and are required to do their jobs. They travel across America’s highways, often moving from one end of the country to the other.
Since they began back in 2005, Operation Roger volunteers have found permanent homes for almost 700 cats and dogs.
How It Works
Prior to each trip, arrangements are made with the driver to meet the person sending the pet. They often meet at truck stops in various places across the country. The driver checks the pet’s paperwork, and is given at least 10 days of food, a crate if the pet is under 30 pounds, a proper collar/harness and leash, and toys.
At the destination, the person who is waiting for the pet agrees to meet the driver at a predetermined location where the pet is then handed off to the new owners. At either location, it could be at 1 p.m. in the afternoon or 1 a.m. in the morning. It is on the driver’s schedule.
On the driver’s schedule means that caring for the pet happens on the trucker’s break. In the case of Casper, a 1 ½ year old Siberian Husky, who began his trip in Apple Valley, CA, drivers Frank and Jenny were happy to have him on board. However, they soon started to notice that he was in need of a bath.
The coordinator at Operation Roger arranged for Frank and Jenny to go into a Petsmart in Oklahoma City to clean and bathe Casper. Since the groomer wasn’t there at the time the team rolled in, the coordinator arranged it so Frank could give him a bath. Unfortunately, Casper’s needs were way beyond needing one bath. Frank and Jenny spent two hours bathing Casper until they removed all of the dirt. They reported that Casper was so happy to be clean. His journey ended in Hartford, CT, where he is still living the good life with his adopted family.
Helping Is Easy
Operation Roger is in need of temporary foster homes and shuttle drivers in major cities. They also are looking for drivers who can transport donated pet food and other pet items from rescue to rescue. This is perfect for drivers who can’t transport pets, but are willing to transport food and supplies to a rescue in need.
For more information, or to help Operation Roger, click here.