Everything was falling into place for Daisy. I was able to pay all of her adoption fees and transportation fees through PayPal. I completed the adoption application that was forwarded to me via email, and faxed it directly to the Perry County Humane Society. My application was approved with 24 hours. We were all set to go.
Daisy was scheduled to be picked up from the shelter in Tennessee at 4 pm on January 27, 2012. Her journey would take one and a half days to complete. She would arrive at the Shenandoah Animal Shelter in Virginia at approximately 10:30 pm on the 28th. This was about 2 hours from my home in Montgomery County, Maryland.
We brought our West Highland Terrier, Lady, with us on the trip to retrieve Daisy. Lady was rescued in May of 2011. Our other two adopted dogs, Greta and Tillie, stayed home so Daisy wouldn’t be too overwhelmed by her new siblings all at one time!
The ride was an easy one; and we arrived at the Shenandoah shelter a little ahead of time. Within a few minutes of our arrival, another car pulled up behind us. We were a little nervous about it, but assumed they were also there to meet the PETS, LLC truck just like we were. As it turned out, we were right.
A short while past the scheduled meeting time of 10:30 pm, we received a phone call from Kyle Peterson, of PETS, LLC. He was phoning to let us know the truck was slightly off schedule because it had to wait for a late arrival picking up a dog in Knoxville. “No problem.”, was my reply. I was very thankful for the update since we were in a strange place in what seemed like the “middle of nowhere”. Mr. Peterson was very nice and apologized for the delay. He assured us the truck would be there soon.
Within a half hour we saw the headlights of the tractor-trailer hauling our Daisy pull up the lonely road to the Shenandoah shelter. Although we were aware of the meeting place, we were not aware it would be locked up for the night. We were also not sure of how everything was going to play out.
Once the truck pulled up to the locked gate, one of the occupants got out and unlocked the entrance gate to the shelter. We dutifully followed them inside, along with the car that we had earlier assumed was there to retrieve a dog as well. (We later found out that PETS LLC makes this stop regularly; and all of the dogs are walked and given water here.) The rig carrying the dogs was huge; and beautifully decorated with the happy face of a beautiful dog. PETS, LLC was a professional outfit!
We parked next to the shelter and beside the PETS, LLC truck. Two very nice men greeted us at the door to the trailer and we were invited inside, along with the family we encountered outside the animal shelter gate. What I saw upon entering will never leave my memory! On both sides of the trailer, from floor to ceiling, were crates occupied by dogs of all sizes, breeds, ages, and colors. I was totally taken aback by the sight of them. Once I got my bearings, I was overcome with joy in the knowlege that each of these dogs was being transported to their new “forever home”; and would never have to worry about being on “death-row” again. Each of these wonderful dogs was going to be safe and happy for the rest of their lives.
Daisy was retrieved for us from one of the mid-size crates at the floor of the trailer. She was very nervous, but also calm. It’s a strange combination of emotions, I know, but I think she knew her long journey was over and she was truly, finally, going home. PETS LLC gave us all of Daisy’s paperwork, including her Tenessee vet’s signed health certificate and her rabie tag. They also included some information and instructions regarding Daisy’s journey.
Daisy slept in the back seat the entire way home. I kept looking back at her beautiful little face; and remarking to my husband how much she looked like our Gomez, who had passed away in June of 2011. She also was part Beagle, like our Sadie La, who had also passed away in 2011. For those reasons, we decided to change Daisy’s name to Gabriella, in their honor.
Gabriella is now a permanent member of our family and has made a place for herself among our dogs, cats, birds, tortoises, turtle, and bearded dragons. She is living proof that dogs and cats living on death row don’t have to die there. If you really want to save a dog or cat living out-of-state, it can be done. You just have to do the research and make the effort.
I want to personally thank Marilyn Lancaster of the Perry County Humane Society in TN, for all of her help and guidance through the adoption process. I also want to thank PETS LLC for all of their hard work and dedication to rescue dogs.
Pam and Kyle Peterson, www.PETSLLC.net, PETStotherescue@aol.com,615-218-1589
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From PETS LLC: “Thank you for choosing rescue! Whether you are a foster or forever home, you have enabled a southern dog on ‘death row’ to have a second chance at life.”