Trucking dog adoption program matched 500 in first year
Singer/entertainer Susanne Spirit imparted the usual musical bill of fare at her shows most weekends at the TravelCenters of America-East (now Petro) location in Ontario, Calif., back from 2011-13. Her performances were a combination of country music and public outreach to and from the nation’s truckers for her Musical Truckin’ Dogs Adoption Program, offering pet-adoption services to drivers as part of an overall plan to help find homes for wayward dogs—many of whom wind up getting adopted by truckers all over the country.
Through her adoption program’s first year, Spirit found homes for more than 500 homeless dogs. By mid-2012, that total zoomed to 1,400.
“This program feels a responsibility to take action by providing homes, safe shelter, love and support for all domestic animals,” says Spirit on her website.
It’s not unusual for the animals involved in an adoption to log thousands of miles to get to their eventual destination. That journey, of course, is aided immeasurably by the hearts of the truckers who lend a major hand in the free transport to all sections of the country, many of whom invariably wind up adopting a dog themselves as a companion for the highway. One such adoption for a dog named Jackson involved a 5,000-mile crisscrossing of America, making connections with truckers on different routes, to finally get him to his final destination.
“At the end of the day I can rest with a smile on my face,” said Matthew Fortenberry, writer of “To the Rescue” for Animal Sheltering magazine, “knowing that…wonderful animals find a loving home with the most wonderful of people.”
Sadly, Spirit’s health of late has taken a turn for the worse. On her Facebook page, the rescuer tells of her plight but determinedly announces that the adoption/rescue program will continue, though in a more limited capacity.
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