Colorado Animal Rescue Express, or C.A.R.E. seems appropriate to post about on Mother's Day, since these 2 amazing women, Linda Fox and Lisa Mendelsberg are responsible for saving the lives of 8,401 dogs and 551 cats since C.A.R.E's inception on 6/27/2007 (as of February, 2011). Isn't that what mothers do -- love, nurture, protect, care, save ... ?
I was fortunate to pick up a dog several months ago from the C.A.R.E. transport when it arrived in Denver, to take to her new home. How incredibly inspiring it was to see all these dogs in the vans, who likely would have been euthanized, having a second chance on life. They were all going to have a home in Colorado soon. Equally inspiring was seeing all the volunteers from the myriad of rescue groups picking up the dogs to take them to their foster homes. I will never forget Linda Fox's face -- the joy, peace, and satisfaction living there. I knew I'd where that expression, too, if I knew I was responsible for saving all these lives.
Through transport using rented vans, C.A.R.E. volunteers have driven over 472,000 miles to save these 8,952 animals. As of this writing the numbers will be even higher since these figures are several months old.
"The mission of C.A.R.E. is to arrange and provide safe transportation for domestic animals who are going to approved rescues and adoptive homes. Twice a week, C.A.R.E. arranges and provides the safe transportation of dogs and cats from high-kill shelters in Colorado and neighboring states that are going to rescue groups or adoptive homes. C.A.R.E. works with over 110 rescue organizations who commit to taking the homeless animals into foster care for proper assessment and placement."
Each transport consists of renting multiple vans to move approximately 20 animals. C.A.R.E. currently transports animals from high kill shelters in rural Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Nebraska.
"Donations and grants are needed to cover the rental van charges, gasoline, and the purchase and maintenance of transport supplies. It costs C.A.R.E. an average of $29 to transport an animal to safety."