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I am needing some assistance getting transport for a young female from Detroit to Raleigh NC area. I am so excited I can barely type but do need some guidance and help. Can someone please respond with info on how I get this done? I would appreciate any and all help. Thanks in advance.
 

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Where in Detroit?
 

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<span style="color: #000099">Hi Hope -

I've been a volunteer transporter for several years and will try to answer some of your questions -

First of all, the majority of volunteer transports are from shelters to rescues, or rescues to forever homes. Most of them are coordinated through a rescue and have a transport coordinator who comes up with the route, breaks it down into "legs" of about 60-90 miles each, and then crossposts widely on various forums, including many Yahoo groups specifically for animal transports. Petfinder also has a place to post transports.

If you are adopting from a rescue or shelter in the Detroit area, I would suggest posting on Petfinder and the Yahoo groups (if you go to http://www.yahoo.com, go into "Groups" and enter "dog transports" in the search bar - several will come up) and post that you are looking for a coordinator. You could act as your own coordinator, but if you've never done it before, MI to NC is quite a distance to try to do it on your own. If you are not adopting from a shelter or rescue, I would suggest looking into a paid transport as most volunteer transporters do not transport from person to person without a rescue or shelter involved.

If you find a coordinator to work with you, she will ask for details about the dog, and except in special circumstances, most transporters prefer transporting only spayed/neutered dogs, but there are often situations where this is not possible. You will need to know the dog's vaccine record, if there are any known medical or behavioral problems, etc. The dog should also have a health certificate from a vet to travel across state lines. I've never had anyone stop me and ask to see it, but there's always the first time.

There don't seem to be a lot of people on this forum who are transport coordinators, but I could be wrong. You could also consider joining Acme Pet Transport at http://www.acmepettransport.com as there are coordinators there, but again, they will operate the same way as I outlined above (I'm a moderator there). </span>
 

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I appreciate your help and advice more then you could know as I am so inexperienced on this. I am working with Kaylyn who is a Senior Member on here. I am hoping we can work out something. Thanks again.
 

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<span style="color: #000099">If you need help finding a coordinator and this is from a rescue or shelter to your home, please let me know and I'll see what I can do


I also forgot to mention that it's best to work with or through a rescue as a home visit will likely need to be done before a coordinator will work with you
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Good question! I will need to ask her as she said she could meet in Detroit.
 

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Thanks RaysMom, I will check out those suggestions.
 

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I have been unable to talk to the lady that has the dog in MI but will update when I have. I have emailed and left voice mail for her. I will get with the lady that offered to do the home visit for me.
 
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