There is an abundance of shelter dogs in the deep south. That's why Greg Mahle founded a transport service to relieve these unwanted dogs from their death sentence and ship them north to the arms of loving and eager dog owners. Since then, Greg has driven a million miles to save dogs. Literally.
With incredible devotion, dedication and stubborn hard work, Greg has been making a 4,200-mile round trip twice a month for 10 years to pick up dogs from the southern United States and drive them to awaiting families in the north. His truck is filled with shelter and rescue dogs every single trip and many of these dogs were just a day or two away from being euthanized.
It takes Greg usually 7 days to pick up dogs from the various rescues he works with in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, and then drop them off in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and New England states.
His devotion and dedication to the dogs he helps save has been highlighted in a book written about him entitled "Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs, and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway."
Greg's love of dogs started when he got his first dog. He lived in rural Ohio and one day a dog followed him home from school and never left. “The dog loved me and was my companion. I knew something good had happened,” Greg said during an interview on a publicity tour for the book. “The dog taught me how to be a compassionate person, and about kindness and caring.”
Since beginning Rescue Road Trips, Greg has saved 30,000 dogs, clocked countless hours away from his wife and stepson and ensures that the rescues and adoptive families he works with will take care of his furry charges!
"The sacrifices are many: Greg is away from his wife and stepson half the year and they live with financial uncertainty. 'We still get by on a shoestring budget and a prayer,' says Greg’s wife Adella. Even on his “off” weeks, Rescue Road Trips requires 50-60 hours of his time."
With all that mileage, Greg's tractor and trailer has reached the end of its life. With Greg already on a shoestring budget, he's appealing for donations so that he can buy a new transport for the freedom rides for the dogs he helps save. Rescue Road Trips currently has a fundraising campaign underway on YouCaring to raise funds for a new vehicle for Greg and the dogs he plans on saving in the future.
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