Jan 11, 2013

It's Transport Day: 15 Cats, 12 Drivers, 1,734 Miles, 3 Days! #15catroadtrip

Martin, Dean and Marley are ready to go!
It's our favorite kind of day again... Transport day!

Today 15 cats are hopping on the road and heading for five cities through the U.S.!

All of these cats were saved from the local kill shelter by me, and with the help of the ever-amazing Cutehead community, Good Karma Pet Rescue and a slew of other wonderful friends, all of these cats are safe and heading to happy lives!

They leave this morning at 9 a.m. ET from Fort Lauderdale. I'll be sharing updates and pictures on Your Daily Cute's Facebook page and also on Twitter using the hashtag #15catroadtrip.

For the past couple weeks, we've been getting the kitties all vetted and fixed and healthy for travel (big thanks to Stacey at Good Karma Pet Rescue for orchestrating this part!). They have been in various foster homes waiting for their big day, and today is it!

Twelve drivers, two sleepover homes and 28 hours of driving scheduled -- these kitties are traveling 1,734 miles and will arrive at their final spot on Sunday afternoon!


There are two more than this!
Dottie (now Candy) - She is going to a wonderful home in Georgia with Cutehead Roberta S.! I am so happy for her. She found a perfect mommy!

Look how cute Emmie is!
Marley, Dean, Bingley, Martin, Cody, Simba - All of these kittens were saved from Broward Animal Control in Pompano. They were starting to get sick... and we busted them out just in the nick of time! They are going to Orphan Animal Rescue and Sanctuary OARS) in Neenah, Wisconson -- they hardly have any kittens and know they'll get adopted right away!

Buzz, Ellie and Emmie - These three kittens were surrendered to animal control even though there were gorgeous, wonderful cats. So sad to see this happen. So happy they are safe! They are going to OARS also. Emmie is particularly beautiful if you ask me, a sweet black girl.

Me and Berger! He's a lapcat!
Cleopatra - Cleopatra was an owner surrender to animal control also. She was surrendered with her sister. Her sister got adopted, but Cleo was left behind. It was looking bad for her until a wonderful woman named Heather G. in St. Louis, Missouri said she'd give her a home. We're dropping Cleo off in Louisville, where Heather has family.

Bobby - Ah, Bobby. He is going to Heather's home, too! He is the cutest thing and so sweet, but there was no interest in him. The shelter kept begging for his rescue... and finally it came!

Candy got dressed for Christmas!
Berger - I saved the best for last. Berger was in the feral cages at animal control (feral cages means two days is all they get), but was meowing up a storm. Fantastic shelter worker, Beth, went to go see what was up, and it turns out he's the sweetest cat ever! Tons of people rallied for his rescue, and finally an adopter came forward! So Berger got out and went to get neutered... and he tested FIV+ on the table. The vet recommended putting him down, but we said NO WAY! But because he was FIV+, his home fell through. I put out an all-call and the wonderful folks at Forever Home Feline Ranch in Illinois said he could be their office cat until he finds a home! Yay! So we're dropping him off at Springfield. Quite a story that cat has.

Blacky and Missy (not pictured) - Two big black cats saved from animal control also! Yay for so many black cats on this transport! They are getting dropped off in Jacksonville, FL.

So that's the 15! And what's even more exciting... There are three more cats going on separate transports that start tomorrow! I'll write about them tomorrow. (You can follow them on the Facebook page, too, and using hashtag #3catroadtrip.

I am so grateful for such a fabulous community of friends we have here. We can do so much good when we work together! Thank you to everyone who is a part of this and who helped share and network and donate. These cats will be on the road for three days...

Let's cheer them on and get these babies home!

Want to help drive for a future transport? Fill out our Cute Kitty Transport form so we have your contact info: http://bit.ly/cutetransport

Simba has the most unique face!
Thanks to Maribel M. for getting Cleopatra, Bobby, Berger, Blacky and Missy out safe and helping find them homes. Thank to Roberta S. for opening her home to Candy, Brenda Barton for opening up Forever Home Feline Ranch to Berger and Jenny S. at OARS for taking in nine kittens! Thanks to Heather G. for adopting Cleopatra and Bobby. Thanks to Wendy K. for helping sort out so much of the transport and Sharon F. for being an amazing foster mom to the graybies and Cody and Bingley. Thank you to Kd, Anette, Laura, Tia, Emily, Marsha, Katy, Dee, Dawn and Carol for dedicated part of their weekend to help these kitties get to their spots. And, of course, as I mentioned up there, biggest thanks to Stacey of Good Karma Pet Rescue!

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  1. Yay crazy big transport! I drop off in 6 hrs, maybe time to hit the sack? :)

  2. Best wishes to all the kitties, transport people and new mommies for the kitties. You are all wonderful!!

  3. Thank you for all you do! I hope for a day that no animal will be needlessly killed in a shelter.

  4. YAY!!!!!!!!!!! You all rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Great way to start the New Year!!!!!! God Bless you all for doing this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!

  6. Thanks, @facebook-1456263110:disqus! It is our absolute pleasure to help so many kitties!

  7. What a GREAT day that would be. Hope, hope, hope!

  8. So many people involved here. So many people rock! :) YAY!

  9. Getting 2013 started off in a great way! This is going to be a great year, I can feel it. :)

  10. What a great day it is!

  11. Wowee! So exciting! Thank you to everyone who participated in saving these kitties! You are the best! Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrs.

  12. You and your friends ROCK! You are AwEsOmE!

  13. Amazing! This is a fabulous day for all involved!!!

  14. God bless each and everyone of you!!!! It's so wonderful that these kitties are safe and will have good people taking care of them and loving them!!! It will be a great 2013 for all!! <3

  15. This is wonderful! If they were coming my way I'd be a driver for sure. And if there were a white kitten amongst them, it would probably disappear right into my home and heart.

  16. Fantastic! So much cat love out there! You are all wonderful..

  17. HOORAY! God bless everyone and have a safe trip to all your destinations.

  18. You are all what make a wonderful world Wonderful!

  19. You are all Angels for these kitties! You are saving so many lives and making such a difference! :)

  20. Bless you all for your tireless devotion to cats ... God is watching us from a distance. L - X

  21. I love happy endings! Thanks for saving all these cats, and to the people who helped it happen.

  22. Wonderful, wonderful news Dorian and all you great people working together to get these babies to new homes. Thank you all. I trust they will all drive safely with their bundles of love and puuurrrrs! Whew!

  23. This STILL chokes me up! What a great day that was an I look forward to doing it again this year!!

  24. Yay! Let's do it! :)

    Keep checking the Broward Urgents page and if you see a particularly cute bunch... sound the alarm! <3


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