The Sprinter (shown above) is the current work horse of the Puppy Pipeline fleet especially for our long distance runs. The optimum load is 30-50 dogs depending on the size of dog and whether they can be together or need to be separated. Click this link for the cage layout:
Van-1 and Van-2 (above) are used for smaller loads and what we call "relay" runs around the Atlanta area. The optimum load is at least 12-18 dogs. Click these links for the cage layouts:
The picture (above) shows dogs in the back section of one of the smaller vans. There are many pictures of dogs in the cages of the vans on this website. Just click one of the archive picture links to see pictures. The picture (below) shows the cages in the Sprinter.
Your cost to charter a van will probably range between $850.00 and $1,500.00 dependingon where they go. Our costs are your costs. To get an even better estimate, multiplyround trip miles driven by 65 cents per mile. Fuel costs will fluctuate, so we advise that youcontact us prior to departure. Everything is included with this estimate except for lodgingand tolls which are added to the total when incurred.
There are some stipulations that must be adhered to:
Our optimum load is at least 12-18 dogs on a transport with the smaller GMC vans and 30-50 with our Sprinter Van, we also transport cats.
· What is Puppy Pipeline's mission?
We are a "Shelter 2 Shelter full van load" canine rescue transport service. We specialize in "full loads" of dogs & puppies, we emphasize "numbers" rather than individual dogs. We employ a fleet of three vans, that crisscross the Northeast and Upper Midwest delivering 11th hour, doomed dogs & puppies to no kill shelters that will find them their loving forever homes.
· Do you accept single dog rescues for paid transports? I want to transport a dog to a rescue group in Connecticut, can I work with you?
The short answer is NO. Our experience with the "single dog rescue mentality" has not been good. We have found that single dog rescues take up so much time and effort (not from the dogs but their "rescuers") as opposed to transporting a full van load of 12 - 32 puppies. Most in the rescue community afflicted with this mentality lack the organization and people skills to work with people cooperatively. They usually lack the "vision" required to work with others in a team like environment.
· I received an urgent email the other day telling me that "Shelter X will be euthanizing all the dogs....can you help?" What is your policy regarding urgent pleas on the internet?
If it were only so easy. In times past we have responded to these urgent emails only to be met with stone cold silence on the part of the "supposed" rescuer. Most, not all, of these "keyboard yappers" do little in the way of actually saving dogs. Most do not contribute funding, do not provide guidance, do not provide leads where to send the dogs and, in general, are an impediment to the rescue process. In 2006, we had a rescue pledge of $1,000 from a so-called rescuer from New York City who reneged on her commitment to transport dogs. This was after the dogs were secured, of course. It costs almost $2,000 to send a rescue transport to New York City round trip, something these "keyboard yappers" have no concept of.
We have in the past, offered free transportation to the Northeast and for our generosity have been ignored. We schedule the vans, hire the drivers have the Vets scheduled and in 99% of the time no one even responds! Funny thing, we tracked down a couple of these "people" (I'm not making this up) and, get this, over half of them had "deaths in the family" and therefore couldn't call us back? Most, if not all of these supposed rescuers have no idea of the involvement needed to complete a rescue. They think all you do is crate 'em and drive them up "there". Doesn't work that way.
· I'm interested in taking you up on your offer to "Charter a Van". What do I need to do?
Contact us on our web page. In order to "Charter one of our Vans, you must provide (and pay for) the following:
Once scheduled and verified, we will transport the animals with the following conditions:
· How do you keep your Vans cleaned & sanitized?
Before each trip, a layer of absorbent, cotton towels are applied to cage floors.
After transport is completed, the towels are removed and washed in hottest possible water (180 degrees plus Fahrenheit) using the "Sanitize" setting. The grates are spray misted with a parvocide and/or bleach and allowed to penetrate for a minimum of 20 minutes. Grates and Stainless Steel cages are then washed out using pressurized hot water. The waste water drains through specially designed drains in the Van. Simple Green (or similar) is then sprayed on grates and Stainless Steel and flushed out using high pressure water. We then run the heat and fan at high speed which accelerates the drying process. Sanitation is an area that we, uner no circumstances, economize on.....
· You offered a shelter or two for us to contact, would you send me the shelter names and your contact? We would appreciate talking with them.
Please contact us at anytime, we'd be happy to provide you with complete contact information