On transport day I can usually be seen futzing with my phone. This is mainly because I’m taking pictures, posting, tweeting, or answering messages for RPM, as part of my social media duties. But I’ve also been shooting video clips with my iPhone. I’ve finally cobbled them together along with some movie files sent to us at the end of November from Michael Sasser in Colorado of dogs being received by one of our rescue partners to make a short film of what transport day is like for those of you who can’t be there. Of course this video doesn’t show the chaos of finding each dog and cat on our vast spreadsheet, finding the assigned collars, managing the paperwork, and trying to figure out where to place each pet in the van. Or everything that happens between rescuing a pet from BARC and getting them to the van for transport day. However, I hope it shows how much our volunteers care for these rescued pets, how much we like to do what we do, and how well these dogs and cats are received when they get to where they’re supposed to go. I think it’s important for people to know how well cared for and appreciated these pets are after they leave our vans.
Transport day can be draining, physically and emotionally. But I love it, because it’s always great to see our volunteers when they drop off their foster dogs and cats. Even though we’re only a few months old, RPM has a fantastic support system. I think our volunteers are wonderful people. They’re caring, helpful, and extremely generous in every sense of the word. I’m always posting Thank you. We can’t do this without you. I post this because it’s true. Without our volunteers and supporters, we’d be nothing. Being a part of RPM has renewed my faith in humanity because of our volunteers, and I’m extremely grateful to them for that. After the van has pulled away and I’ve said goodbye to everyone, I’ll go pick up lunch from somewhere and I’ll find myself smiling. I’ll say hi to strangers. I’ll be pleased when they say hi in return. I’ll walk through my regular routine hoping that everyone around me is as large-hearted as our RPM volunteers. The good thing is that I think I believe it.
It has to be because of these dogs and cats, though. Everyone involved–from the staff and volunteers at BARC, the RPM volunteers and supporters, the RPM drivers, the rescue organizations we deliver them to–cares so much about these dogs and cats, because we know they’re special. We know they’re worth all the money, time, and energy we put into making sure they’re safe. I hope everyone realizes these pets are special, and that the ones just like them still on our streets are special, too. I believe that’s possible.
Anyway, I hope you like the video.