Chris Agee and Laura Herbst Agee of Lower Windsor Township spend most weekends transporting dogs (and sometimes cats) from high-kill shelters to no-kill shelters and foster homes using this bus, which they bought on eBay.
I recently did a ride-along on one of their transports and saw first-hand how they’re making a difference in the lives of these animals that are facing euthanization because they’re homeless and the shelters are full. The day I rode with them, they drove a total of 528 miles to pick up and deliver seven dogs to safety. And they do this almost every weekend, sometimes on both Saturday and Sunday. The most they’ve transported at one time is 11 dogs, but the bus is capable of carrying even more than that.
They’ve helped to save many lives with this bus, but on a recent transport the bus broke down. It needs a new transmission, which will cost at least $3,000.
A chip-in has been set up to collect funds to help with the cost of repairs. Any amount will help. To contribute, visit fixthedoggierescuebus.chipin.com/fix-the-doggie-rescue-bus.
Rusty, a 1-year-old heeler/shepherd mix, was pulled from a kill shelter in Pulaski, Kentucky, and was being driven to a rescue group in Baltimore. He was among the seven dogs being transported March 3 on the bus.
Stay tuned; I’ll be posting a story about the couple’s mission to help animals in a week or two, including photos of the adorable dogs they transported on the day I rode along with them. The story will also appear in the Weekly Record and online at inyork.com.