How Volunteering to Drive Can Help Your Local Animal Shelters

 At USA Collision Centers, we care a lot about providing amazing service to every single one of our customers. We're also passionate about supporting the local community. This passion is something that is spread through every member of our company. 

Since giving back is something we think and talk about a lot, we wrote a post at the beginning of the year about finding the right volunteer opportunities. That post sparked a lot of interesting conversations. One of those conversations was all about people using their vehicles for good.

Because we weren't all that familiar with driving rescue animals but found it fascinating to learn about, we want to share this form of volunteering with you:

Giving Rescue Dogs and Cats a Ride

Although it's not something most of us notice, countless drivers are on the road every weekend with a very specific purpose. Instead of going to a sporting event or local market, these drivers are transporting rescue dogs and cats.

Every driver who does this type of work volunteers their time, and in most cases, their own vehicles. A common example of why so many drivers are needed across the US is providing transportation from rural, southern shelters to metropolitan areas with larger populations 

By bringing animals to shelters where many more people come by each week to potentially adopt a dog or cat, these drivers are able to play a key role in reducing the number of homeless animals that face being euthanized. 

What It's Like to Drive Rescue Animals 

While different groups have their own approaches to animal transportation, many coordinate their efforts across long stretches of the US. As a result, one driver will get multiple animals to a meeting point. From there, one or more additional drivers will pick up those animals.

Once the next leg of drivers gets the animals and their records into their own vehicles, they can ensure the dogs and cats safely arrive at their destination. This process requires logging multiple hours on the road, as well as taking care of any needs the animals may have like potty breaks.

Because there are so many animals who are in need of transportation, this type of volunteering offers a lot of flexibility. Some individuals drive every single weekend, while plenty of others choose to do one or two shifts a month.

If driving rescue animals sounds like something you may be interested in doing, we encourage you to get in touch with SPCA Cincinnati to learn more about using your time and vehicle to give back.