Georgia is an animal rescue transport driver that has completed about 50 transports, each drive lasting about 6-7 hours due to her location! Georgia’s initial experience with a baby duck was a catalyst for her dedication to animal rescue, and knowing that she’s helping an animal get out of a bad situation and into a loving home makes ever mile on the road worth it to her!
Q: If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
“I think I would be a duck because they get to paddle in the water and then they fly away for the winter. They’re loyal to each other and I think they’re beautiful.”
Q:How did you get started in animal rescue?
“It all started when I was browsing around a garden center and I came to a barrel that had a top on it. I lifted the top to see what was inside, and low and behold, it had water in it and all of these little baby ducks. It was right around Easter time so they were selling the ducks but the lid was on it so you couldn’t see them. One of the baby ducks was upside down and I saw his little duck feet going back and forth, so I pulled him out of the water and I called over a staff member. I said, ‘the baby ducks in here are all crowded and this one almost drowned’ and she said to me ‘please take it, the owners here are so mean.’ I said, ‘what do I do with it, what do I feed it?’ and she gave me a feeder and food and everything for free. Ever since, that memory has stayed with me and I started reading more about animals and dogs that are abused- it killed me inside, so I wanted to do something to help. You’ve got to reach a point where you know you can’t save them all because you’ll want to, so I’m just doing my small part, but it all started with that little baby duck.”
Q: What do you carry with you on a typical transport?
“I bring cleaning wipes to wipe their [the animal’s] nose or their eyes, little toys, and little tiny treats. I have rubber gloves and paper towels, and a water bowl and water in an ice chest. I also play music and I sing to them, and I talk to them and have a conversation because it’s calming.”
Q: Do you have any special memories with an animal?
“I had a golden retriever, Oak, for 15 years and he was a therapy dog. I took him to a children’s hospital about three times a week and I’d see kids who could barely move. But, I saw one in the hospital that was lying in bed, and the little boy couldn’t move his whole body but he could just move his hands. When I came in with Oak, he reached his hand out and opened it up to him and Oak licked his hand and it put a smile on that little boy’s face. Animals are just so loyal and they have so much to offer, they don’t judge, and they help us.”
Q:How do you bring awareness to the issue of animal rescue?
“Another thing I like to do is post online like to Facebook, just so that people will be aware and will be good to their animals. It’s important to make people aware of what’s out there, like the cruelty, and that the animals need help. I’ve noticed that when you bring it to people’s attention, they will think about it when they see something like that.”
There are many ways that professionals can support the animal rescue cause and we are proud to feature some of them here to give you ideas for how your talents can play a part. If you’re looking for a starting point for volunteering with animal rescue, we recommend you take a look at Doobert.com, where you can volunteer as a transporter, foster home and even a photographer. Thank you for what you do for animals and for using your talents to save them.