|Barked: Sat Sep 29, '12 9:17pm PST |
|Hmm. So *is* there a transport fee in addition to the adoption fee and health cert that you've already paid for? How much is the transport fee? If you can afford to pay for private transport (ie. on a commercial airline as cargo), perhaps you want to offer the rescue that option, as it would keep things more in your control. It will likely be more expensive for you, though.
There are so many ways that rescues move dogs around, these days. But most of them involve efficiencies of scale -- which is to say, a number of dogs going on the same transport. For example, the run-sheet that Star posted -- notice there are 11 canine passengers. The coordination of a number of dogs going to different receivers (transfers to other rescues, or private adoptions) -- can be complicated. So, for example, if one of the dogs got sick (not yours, but someone else's adoptee), they might decide to delay the whole transport until he was well. Because they are not going to do a separate long-distance transport, later, for just the one dog that had to be held back.
When it comes to railroad-style transports like that, also, if just one driver along the route flakes out, that can mess up the whole transport. Sometimes, shelters will have volunteers that are willing to drive longer routes, but even so, if that volunteer flakes (or has something personal come up), there's no transport. Commercial ground transports tend to be more reliable, but also more expensive -- part of why I was wondering what their separate transport fee is. If they're using a commercial transport, I don't know why they wouldn't have explained that already and told you the name of the company.
Have they told you why the Oct.1 transport was delayed?
ETA: I run a transport based rescue group.
Edited by author Sat Sep 29, '12 9:21pm PST
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