WNC Rescue Dogs Shuttled North
Updated: Wednesday, March 27 2013, 09:33 AM EDT
It's about a 16 hour road trip with one bathroom stop and more than a dozen dogs in the back.
Seventeen pups were packed into a shuttle Tuesday afternoon, headed to Massachusetts to find new homes as part of Petco's partnership with the Animal Compassion Network.
The goal of the transport is to save lives by sending local rescue pups to no-kill shelters in the Northeast, where there's a demand for adoptable dogs.
In the Asheville Petco parking lot the ACN van stacked with pup-filled crates idled, as a volunteer van driver described how - when the pups arrive in Massachusetts - it's like they know they're safe.
"We take them out one at a time and they're wagging their tales and some of them are doing little silly dances," said volunteer driver Carol Conner. "They don't even bat an eye about going in [to the new shelter] - even the ones that were initially shy."
ACN have completed about 30 north-bound trips from Western North Carolina and staff say, by the time the van returns to Carolina, most of the dogs will already be adopted.
If you're interested in volunteering or want to get a local dog on a shuttle headed north, click here.