Welcome to Operation Roger... Truckers Pet Transport!

 

OPERATION ROGER Truckers Pet Transport

Truckers Helping Pets

Thanks to our wonderful volunteer drivers it has been our pleasure to transport...

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813 pets since we started and 28 for 2014
See our transport stories under Pet Stories.  We may be behind on some but we're trying. A picture on each will be along one of these days. Check back to see them.

NOTICE: It is best to contact us at operationroger01@yahoo.com or operationroger01@operationroger.com.
All phone calls will go to voice mail. 
We prefer all donations through PayPal on this website.  Alternate P. O. Box 15, Prescott, AR 71857.

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Please honor America's fallen service members with by ordering a wreath from Wreaths Across America to be placed in a national cemetery in December and support Operation Roger at the same time by using the link below.  Thank you for your support it does make a difference.  Click on .... 
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NOTICE: Effective MAY 1, 2014
 THE PET TRANSPORT APPLICATION DONATION to $35.00.

This is the first increase since January 2009.


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NOTICE:  Thank you for coming to the Operation Roger website. 

FOR THOSE WHO ARE WANTING A RESCUED/REUNION PET TRANSPORTED, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT YOU TAKE TIME TO READ AND UNDERSTAND THE FOLLOWING AND THEN TO FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS.

We are a rag-tag group of some 30 pet-loving truckers who VOLUNTEER to help needy pets get to their new homes and have a better chance at a fun-filled life by giving them a hitchhike in their cabs and a lot of TLC enroute.
As you can see, we are a small group to cover the entire country.  It can take us a good while to get the pets moved. 

We need more truck drivers.  If you know of one, please get them to submit an application.

 Contrary to media reports we are NOT a rescue per se, but we do work with rescues and individuals.  We only transport once the pet has a place to go.  We are like the volunteer car-to-car transports who do 1-2 or so hour legs to get a pet moved.  Our difference is we are able to do quite a bit longer legs.  Often, we are able to do the entire trip.

 
Please, BEFORE YOU CALL or E-MAIL asking if we can transport your pet, know that is what we TRY to do.  But we MUST have an application and an application donation on EACH pet (the rattie community can be 3 to an application, same sex) before we can even begin.  This Application tells us what the situation is and with what type of pet we are dealing.  Some areas of the country (and states) are difficult but not impossible - if we have help from both the shippers and/or receivers in those areas in particular.

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*We are truck drivers who put these pets in the cab of our trucks.
This is our house.  It is a small area.
The pets sleep with us on our beds most of the time.

*We will NO LONGER accept pets who are not at least partially housebroken. Tell us the whole truth,
This, of course, does not apply to puppies but to the older dogs.
Drivers do not have time to provide this training.
If you absolutely would not leave this pet loose in your bedroom and, thus, on your bed,
don't put them in ours.

*Any pet pulled from a shelter and immediately put outside in a pen,
never house trained, is not a good candidate for our trucks.
Be honest with us and honor our drivers and the layover homes they may visit.

*ALL pets must be sociable with humans.
If it takes your pet more than a few minutes to at least accept to our driver and remains confrontational,
we may not transport and the pet may be removed from our board.

*The larger the dog, the longer it will take to get it moved.
It requires a special driver to take the larger pets.

*We DO NOT take barnyard animals.

*Please be honest in the breed of your pet.  
For example, don't put Lab mix trying to cover up the dog is a pit.  We do transport pits.
Do you want to drive a long distance to bring that dog to a driver only to learn that particular driver won't take it?

*We  expect honesty if you want us to try to help you.

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We CANNOT do your emergency because of who we are and what we do as truckers.
It takes the coordinators a lot of man-hours and a lot of effort to get your pet to the Active Pet Board and the information out to the drivers.  An emergency is really anything less than a month.
Remember, the drivers have to be in the area first delivering or picking up freight.  We don't dispatch them.  Their companies do.  We have to wait for the drivers to be in the area.


We CANNOT guarantee a time frame for the transport.  Be prepared to be patient...it may NOT occur on Your time frame.
Neither we, nor the drivers, have a crystal ball to know the future.


As we drive tractor-trailers, are on set routes, and have restricted time frames, we CANNOT go to any shelter, rescue, etc. to pick up your pet, period.  Your shipper MUST bring the pet to the driver at a truck stop, rest area, etc. along their route.  This means the shipper may be asked to drive at least 100 miles.  If they can't, find someone who can.  Our drivers cannot go off their routes. On the receiving end, the same applies.  Mileage less than 100 usually shows us the shipper or receiver aren't really motivated to move the pet.

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PET TRANSPORT APPLICANTS:

Save yourself and us a lot of time and trouble:
ALL PHONE NUMBERS MUST BE 24/7
or at least two numbers - one day/one evening.
HOURS MUST BE ANYTIME.
SHELTER/RESCUE HOURS from such and such to such and such time don't mean a hill of beans to us. 
If the pet cannot be picked up or delivered on the TRUCKERS time schedule, we can't help you.

READ CAREFULLY: 

SHELTERS/RESCUES/VETS/BOARDING FACILITIES CANNOT BE CONTACTS.
ONLY PEOPLE CAN BE CONTACTS.
We do not give out name/phone numbers contained in these applications
except to those individuals directly involved in helping transport a pet. 

ALL applications not containing
Proper Shipping and Receiving names
along with personal 24/7 phone numbers
WILL BE RETURNED for the information.
This prevents your pet's application from being approved.

Again,
Shelters/Rescues etc. are NOT contacts.  Only people are.
This causes more work for us and a big delay for you.
ALL such applications are initially responded to but the pet WILL BE PUT on our Blue Board and
NOT worked any further until we have the time to do so.  The pets are in limbo.

We have to wonder WHY it is intelligent people cannot seem to follow the above directions.
We are STILL getting applications with
NO CONTACT NAME, only a rescue, vet, or shelter name, and/or only WORK phone numbers and then only during certain times.

WE CANNOT HELP YOU!
An email will be sent advising of the missing information and the
PET IS PUT ON THE BLUE BOARD and the APPLICATION IS NOT WORKED ANYMORE
until ALL OTHER APPLICATIONS that are done correctly are worked.  Those will take priority of our time and effort. 

FINALLY, we write stories about our transports.
In the area on the application where we ask why this pet is needing a ride please tell us
WHY it is in the shelter/rescue or where ever to begin with and
WHAT was it about the pet that made the receiver want that particular pet.
Tell us the history. That sort of thing.
This also helps us to know more about the pet before we pick it up.

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  EVERYONE WHO WISHES TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION

DO THIS:
 
 

(1) On this web site HOVER your curser OVER the REGISTER/LOG IN button on the Menu Bar at the top of this page.

 (2) In the drop down box that will come up, CLICK on Registration Instructions-Read First.

(3) Follow the steps shown on the webpage that will come up.  

(4) This will walk you through getting registered AND logging back in.

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   ONCE  YOU  HAVE  LOGGED  IN . . .  

(5) HOVER your cursor OVER the Applications button on the Menu Bar for the drop down box.

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(6) For the PET TRANSPORT Application

(6a) Scroll down to STEP 2...REQUIREMENTS PAGE (read carefully).


(6b) At the bottom of the page is a link to the actual application.

(6c)  You MUST go through the REQUIREMENTS PAGE to reach the Pet Transport Application.

(6d) If you do not, you are still expected to know what is on this Requirement Page.

(6e) If you are NOT the shipper, then you MUST communicate the Requirements Page to them.

NOTE:  We have had way too many shippers never knowing the applicant has placed a transport request with us
and have never been informed of what is required for that transport.
This presents a major problem and has resulted in the pet not being picked up.
This is the responsibility of the APPLICANT to do as soon as the Application is approved.
ALSO:  Part of the approval process is the receipt of the Application Donation via PayPal.
The Donation is for the Application only.  The actual transport is Free!

ONE MORE THING.  Please remember WE will call You when WE have a driver available for your pet.
If you call, email, or text us repeatedly asking if there is a driver available,
it only causes more work for us and makes us become S-l-o-w-e-r on everybody.  Be respectful.
We work hard on ALL pets.  If you think pushing us will help you, it won't.  
It may cause us to drop you or put you behind others.


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(7) For the TRUCK DRIVER Application

a) Scroll further down the Applications drop down box to find your application link.


(7b) Truckers...FYI...strongly suggest you read Step 2 Requirements Page as well.


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(8) for the LAYOVER HOME or SHUTTLE DRIVER or NON-PET TRANSPORT Applications ONLY

(8a) Hover your cursor over the Applications button until it turns Red, then Click on it.

(8b) Scroll down to the application you want.

(8c) DO NOT use this method for the Pet Transport or Truck Driver Applications.

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   KNOW THIS:   

There is a MININUM  Required Non-Refundable Tax-Deductible APPLICATION Donation of $25.00 ($35.00 effective MAY 1, 2014), due through PayPal, immediately, at the end of the Pet Transport Application.  You do not need a PayPal account to use this link as you can also use your debit/credit card.

This application donation is NOT for the transport so as soon as we open the application and work it to get your pet listed, you have received services. If we determine at the time we receive your application we cannot help you, usually due to the locations involved, we will let you know and return your donation
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THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THE TRANSPORT ITSELF - FREE!!

Again, the required minimum Application Donation itself is NON-REFUNDABLE.

NOTE:  If you don't want to give the required Application Donation up front and want to wait until the pet is delivered...be advised...that is not the way we work.  The donation is for the Application, not the transport.  You wish to do this, find yourself a paid transport.  Don't even bother putting in an application and wasting our time and effort.

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As to just how Operation Roger works, go to the bottom half of this page for more information.

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We are always accepting volunteer Layover Home and Shuttle Driver applications,
and especially Truck Driver applications, as we need more drivers to t
ransport pets quicker.
E-mail us for the instructions to find these applications.

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We need more LAYOVER HOMES (temporary fosters) & SHUTTLE DRIVERS (4-wheelers)
in the MAJOR cities and surrounding areas (i.e. 100 mile +- radias) along the MAJOR Interstate highways listed below.

This list is not all inclusive.

Can you offer assistance along any of these Interstates

by being a Layover Home or Shuttle Driver ?

The following listing does NOT mean our drivers run these interstates on a regular basis.  Some of them, yes.  Others, no.

WEST-EAST INTERSTATES:
We are just including the major towns and cities along the interstates listed.  Other cities/towns along these interstates are also needed. 

I-4 (FL) Tampa, St. Petersburg, Orlando;

I-8 (CA) San Diego; (AZ) Yuma, Casa Grande;

I-10 (CA) Ontario; (AZ) Phoenix, Tucson; (NM) Las Cruces; (TX) El Paso, San Antonio, Houston; (LA) Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Slidell; (MS) Biloxi; (AL) Mobile; (FL) Pensacola, Tallahassee, Lake City, Jacksonville;

I-20 (TX) Midland, Odessa, Fort Worth, Dallas, Tyler, Longview; (LA) Shreveport; (MS) Jackson, Meridian; (AL) Birmingham; (GA) Atlanta, Augusta; (SC) Columbia, Florence, Myrtle Beach;

I-24 (IL) Mount Vernon; (KY) Paducash; (TN) Clarksville, Nashville, Murfreesboro, Chattanooga;

I-30 (TX) Fort Worth, Dallas; (AR) Texarkana, Little Rock;

I-40 (CA) Barstow, Needles; (AZ) Kingman, Flagstaff; (NM) Albuquerque; (TX) Amarillo; (OK) Sayre, Oklahoma City; (AR) Fort Smith, Little Rock, West Memphis; (TN) Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville; (NC) Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Raleigh, Benson, Wilmington;

I-44 (OK) Oklahoma City, Tulsa; (MO) Joplin, Springfield, St. Louis;

I-64 (MO)  Wentzville, St. Louis; (IL) East St. Louis, Mount Vernon, Evansville; (KY) Louisville, Lexington; (WV) Charleston, Beckley; (VA) Lexington, Staunton, Charlottesville, Richmond, Norfolk;

I-70 (UT) Any town; (CO) Salina, Gunnison, Grand Junction, Denver, Lyman; (KS) Salina, Topeka; (MO) Kansas City, Columbia, St. Louis; (IL) Effingham; (IN) Terre Haute, Indianapolis; (OH) Dayton, Columbus, Cambridge; (WV) Wheeling; (PA) Washington, Somerset; (MD) Hagerstown, Baltimore;

I-74 (IA) Davenport, Bettendorf; (IL) Rock Island, East Moline, Galesburg, Peoria, Bloomington, Champaign, Danville; (IN) Crawfordsville, Indianapolis, Greensburg; (OH) Cincinnati;

I-76 (CO) Denver, Fort Morgan, Sterling; (OH) Akron, Canfield, North Lima; (PA) Pittsburg, Greensburg, Somerset, Bedford, Carlisle, Morgantown, Philadelphia;

I-78 (PA) Harrisburg, Allentown, Bethlehem, Phillipsburg; (NJ) Bloomsburg, Bridgewater, Jersey City; (NY) New York City;

I-80 (CA) San Francisco, Sacramento; (NV) Reno; (UT) Salt Lake City; (WY) Cheyenne; (NE) North Platt, Kearney, Grand Island, Lincoln, Omaha; (IA) Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Walcott, Davenport; (IL) Peru, Joilet; (IN) Hammond, Gary, Lake Station, South Bend, Elkhart; (OH) Toledo, Cleveland, Youngstown; (PA) Grove City, Hazelton; (NJ) Newark;

I-82 (OR) Kennewick, Yakima;

I-84 (OR) Portland, Hermiston; (ID) Boise, Mountain Home, Burley; (UT) Tremonton, Ogden, Morgan; (PA) Scranton; (NY) Newburg; (CT) Danbury, Hartford; (MA) Worcester, Boston;

I-86 (ID) Burley, Pocatello; (NY) Jamestown, Corning, Binghamton;

I-88 (NY) Binghamton, Schnectady;

I-90 (WA) Seattle, Ellensburg, Spokane; (MT) Missoula, Butte, Bozeman, Billings; (WY) Sheridan, Gillette; (SD) Rapid City, Sioux Falls; (MN) Albert Lea; (WI) Clifton, Madison; (IL) Rockford, Chicago; (IN) Hammond, Gary, Lake Station, South Bend, Elkhart, Angola; (OH) Toledo, Cleveland; (PA) Erie; (NY) Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, Albany; (MA) Springfield, Worcester, Boston;

I-94 (MT) Billings, Miles City; (ND) Dickenson, Bismark, Jamestown, Fargo; (MN) Fergus Falls, Alexandria, St. Cloud, Minneapolis, St. Paul; (WI) Eau Claire, Tomah, Portage, Madison, Milwaukee; (IL) Chicago area; (IN) Gary, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Ann Arbor, Detroit;

I-96
(MI) Grand Rapids, Lansing, Detroit;


SOUTH-NORTH INTERSTATES:

We are just including the major cities along the interstates listed.  Other cities/towns along these interstates are also needed.

I-5 (CA) San Diego, Irvine, Orange, Anaheim, Castaic; Santa Clarita, Bakersfield, Los Banos, Stockton, Sacramento, Red Bluff, Redding; (OR) Medford, Eugene, Portland; (WA) Centralia, Tacoma, Seattle, Everett, Bellingham;

I-15 (CA) San Diego, Escondido, Temecula,  San Bernardino, Victorville, Barstow; (NV) Las Vegas; (UT) St. George, Cedar City, Parowan, Beaver, Fillmore, Provo, Salt Lake City, Ogden, Tremonton, Logan; (ID) Pocatello, Idaho Falls; (MT) Butte, Helena, Great Falls;

I-17 (AZ) Flagstaff, Phoenix;

I-25 (NM) Las Cruces, Truth or Consequences, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Raton;  (CO) Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins;   (WY) Cheyenne, Wheatland, Douglas, Casper, Buffalo;

I-27 (TX) Lubbock, Amarillo;

I-35 (TX) Laredo, San Antonio, Waco, Fort Worth/Dallas, Denton, Gainesville;  (OK) Ardmore, Norman, Oklahoma City, Stillwater, Ponca City;  (KS) Wellington, Wichita, Emporia, Kansas City;  (MO) Kansas City, Cameron, Bethany; (IA) Des Moines, Ames, Mason City; (MN) Albert Lea, St. Paul, Forest Lake, North Branch, Sandstone, Duluth;

I-37 (TX)  San Antonio, Victoria;

I-45 (TX) Galveston, Houston, Conroe, Madisonville, Fairfield, Corsicana, Dallas;

I-55 (MS) New Orleans, Hammond, Jackson;  (TN) Memphis;  (AR) West Memphis, Blytheville; (MO) Caruthersville, Sikeston,  (IL) East St. Louis, Springfield, Bloomington, Joilet, Chicago;
 
I-57  (MO) Sikeston;  (IL)  Mt. Vernon, Effingham, Champaign, Chicago;

I-59  (LA) Slidell; (MS) Hattisburg, Laurel, Meridian; (AL) Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Gadsden; (TN) Chattanooga;

I-65  (AL) Mobile, Montgomery, Birmingham, Huntsville; (TN) Columbia, Nashville; (KY) Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Louisville; (IN) Seymour, Columbus, Franklin, Indianapolis, Lafayette, Gary;

I-69 (IN) Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Fremont; (MI) Batavia, Battle Creek, Marshall, Charlotte, Lansing, Flint;

I-71 (KY) Louisville; (OH) Cincinnati, Columbus, Mansfield, Lodi, Cleveland;

I-75 (FL) Fort Lauderdale, Naples, Cape Coral, Tampa, Dade City, Ocala, Gainsville, Lake City; (GA) Valdosta, Tifton, Cordele, Macon, Atlanta, Cartersville, Calhoun, Dalton; (TN) Chattanooga, Cleveland, Knoxville; (KY)  Corbin, Mt. Vernon, Richmond, Lexington; (OH) Cincinnati, Dayton, Lima, Findlay, Bowling Green, Toledo; (MI) Monroe, Detroit, Flint, Bay City, Grayling;

I-81 (TN) Greeneville, Kingsport; (VA) Bristol, Blytheville, Roanoke, Winchester; (PA) Greencastle, Carlisle, Harrisburg, Hazelton, Scranton; (NY) Binghamton, Syracuse, Watertown;

I-85 (GA) Atlanta; (SC) Greenville, Spartanburg, Gaffney; (NC) Gastonia, Charlotte, Greensboro, Durham; (VA) Petersburg;

I-87 (NY)
Newburg, Albany; 

I-89 (NH)
Concord, Hanover, Montpelier, Burlington;

I-91 (CT)
New Haven, Meridian, Hartford; (NY) Springfield, Northhampton, Greenfield; (VT) West Brattleboro, Hanover;

I-93 (NH)
Manchester, Concord;

I-95 (FL) Miami, Fort Pierce, Melbourne, Daytona Beach, Jacksonville; (GA) Brunswick, Savannah; (SC) St. George, Sumter, Florence; (NC) Lumberton, Fayetteville, Benson, Wilson, Rocky Mount, Roanoke Rapids; (VA) Emporia, Richmond, Fredericksburg, Woodridge, Alexandria; (MD) Laurel, Jessup, Baltimore, Elkton; (DE) Newark, Wilmington; (NJ) (CT)  (MA)  (NH)  (ME)   


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Operation Roger Truckers Pet Transport

9th Year Anniversary - September 16, 2014

* Truckers Helping Pets *

* Give A Pet A Ride *

* Foster Home On Wheels *

* Bag Packed. Need Ride *

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Hi, I'm Roger, a Toy Manchester Terrier. Thanks for coming to this wonderful website - at least from my point of view, after all, it was named for me.  I'm honored.  I would have loved to be a mentor for others.

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Highlighted News
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PET MICROCHIPPING SERVICE -- Thursday February 20th, 2014
NEW AREAS AVAILABLE -- Wednesday February 19th, 2014
FUND RAISING COMMITTEE -- Wednesday February 19th, 2014
2014 MATS PRESS RELEASE -- Wednesday February 19th, 2014
HELP US HELP YOU -- Thursday January 24th, 2013

 

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peterbiltHow it Works

When Operation Roger... Truckers Pet Transport receives a request for a pet transport (we only transport dogs and cats and other small companion animals), we then make every reasonable attempt to match a pet needing a lift with a Trucker heading the same direction.  Due to the nature of our trucking commitments, we cannot give a specific time for your pet to be either picked up or delivered or even if we can get to it all in the time frame the parties involved want.  But, we will try.   It may take a minimum of 3-7 days for a volunteer to review, approve, and get the application entered on our Pet Board.  Then, it may take an equal time to get the information out to all of our Team Leaders and Team Members.  Thus, we are usually unable to handle "emergency" requests. While we might be able to transport your pet in a couple weeks, it is better to plan on a couple months.  In some cases, particularly in hard-to-get-to states/locations, it will probably be longer.  We just never know.  Please be patient. 

Please note: Our mission is to rescues and individuals being reunited with their pets. We do not transport for Show or Breeders. The one exception for Breeders is if the pet is not being used for breeding or retired and already altered.  

Remember, we are all volunteers.  We have no paid staff, so everything is done as soon as our personal/trucking lives permit.  While we will attempt to keep in contact with the applicant, you may not hear from us until a driver calls to inquire about your pet.

We are Truckers first and therefore the requirements of our job must come first so we cannot offer door-to-door pickup and delivery. Generally speaking, arrangements are made in advance with the driver to meet the person sending the pet (shipper) at a nearby truck-stop or travel plaza.  The driver checks the pet's paperwork and is given at least 10 days of food, a crate if pet is under 30 pounds, a proper collar/harness and leash, toys, etc.  At the destination, the person who is waiting for the pet (receiver) agrees to meet the driver (and his passenger) at a predetermined location where the pet is then handed off to the new owners so it can start its new life in a forever home. At either location, it could be at 1 p.m. in the afternoon or 1 a.m. in the morning.  It is on the driver's schedule.

There are times when a driver can pick up a pet but they aren't going to the destination area.  The driver may decide to keep the pet on board and try to work their way to the pet's new home, or we try to put together a "repower" with another driver.  This means the two drivers would have to meet somewhere and that is difficult to do at best.  Here is where the Layover Home could be a big help.  Essentially, a Layover Home is merely a temporary foster.  The pet's stay is anywhere from a few hours to perhaps three-four weeks.  If we could get more of these Layover Homes around the country, more pets might be helped.

A Shuttle Driver, usually someone who cannot be a Layover Home, is someone who can drive the pet from driver-to-driver, driver-to-forever home, home to driver, or any other combination. Are you an RVer? Perhaps as you travel across country, you would consider a furry companion.

Non-Pet Transport:  We also can sometimes help, on a limited basis, to get small amounts of pet food and pet related items from one location to another, usually a supplier to a rescue or from one rescue to another.  This totally depends upon the available space in a driver's cab.

What Does it Cost? 

A minimum non-refundable tax-deductible application donation of just $25.00 per pet is required at the time the application is submitted  to list a pet on our Active Pet Board effective July 22, 2008. Your donation helps Operation Roger Truckers Pet Transport meet our day-to-day operation expenses.  Remember, we are 501(c)(3) non-profit charity.

 With gasoline prices reaching higher almost daily, pet transport services costing hundreds of dollars, and airlines charging transportation fees that can break almost any budget, we think a minimum donation of $25.00 is the most reasonable deal you could find in exchange for a pet receiving the first class, "one on one" treatment it deserves.

REGISTER !!! Again, read the Home Page for particular instructions on how to Register, Log In, for Finding your desired application.

A temporary password will be sent to your e-mail. Copy and paste that temporary password into LOG IN.  Do Not change your temporary password just yet...do it later.  The system just doesn't like it if you change the computer generated password immediately.  If you do, you won't be able to access the rest of the system for some time; perhaps hours.
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When God Made Truck Drivers
When the Lord was creating Truck Drivers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, "You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."

And the Lord said, "Have you read the specs on this order?"

"A truck driver has to be able to drive 10-12 hours per day, through any kind of weather, on any type of road. it must know the highway traffic laws of 48 states and 10 provinces. It has to be ready and able to unload 40,000 lbs of cargo after driving all night, and sleep in areas of cities and towns that the police refuse to patrol."

"It has to be able to live in a truck 24 hours a day 7 days a week for weeks on end, provide assistance to it's fellow travelers , meet just in time schedules, and still maintain an even and controlled composure when all around appear to have gone mad."

"It has to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half-eaten meals.  It has to have six pairs of hands."

The angel shook her head slowly and said, "Six pairs of hands... no way."

"It's not the hands that are causing me problems," said the Lord. "It's the three pairs of eyes a driver has to have."

"That's on the standard model?" asked the angel.

The Lord nodded.

"One pair that sees the herd of deer in the thickets 3 miles away,
Another pair here in the side of it's head for the blind spots that motorists love to hide in,
and another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at the bleeding victim of the drunk driver that crashed into it's ICC bumper doing 70MPH and say, 'You'll be all right,' when he knows it isn't so."

"Lord," said the angel, touching his sleeve, "rest and work on this tomorrow." "I can't," said the Lord, "I already have a model that can drive 650 miles a day, without incident and can raise a family of five without ever seeing them, on 30 cents a mile."

The angel slowly circled the model of the truck driver. "Can it think?" she asked.

"You bet!" said the Lord. "It can tell you the elements of every HAZMAT load invented; recite the Federal Motor Carrier Regulations in its sleep; deliver, pickup, be a father or mother, offer timely advice to strangers, search for missing children, defend women's and children's rights, get 8 hours of good rest on the street and raise a family of Law respecting citizens, without ever going home ... and still it keeps its sense of humor. "

"This driver also has phenomenal personal control. It can deal with delivery and pickup areas from Hell, coax a lumper to actually work for his money, comfort an accident victim's family, and then read in the daily paper how truck drivers are nothing more than vicious killers on wheels who have no respect for the rights of others while using the nations hiways."

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the driver. "There's a leak," she pronounced. "I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model."

"That's not a leak," said the lord, "it's a tear."

"What's the tear for?" asked the angel.

"It's for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the flag, for justice, for the family without its father."

"You're a genius," said the angel.

The Lord looked somber.

"I didn't put it there."
(Author Unknown but very much appreciated)
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