One More Hound!

I am very fortunate to have been raised in a family that has made pet adoption and support of animal rescue a priority. My mother is my role model when it comes to assisting animals in need. Thanks to her I got connected with a volunteer group through Facebook called I-81 Transports. This group is an incredible resource of individuals who volunteer their time to transport animals, often from shelters with very little resources, to rescues and areas where animals have a greater chance of being adopted. I was volunteering on a transport this past fall when I met Dallas, a female hound. She was one of two dogs that I was transporting that day for only about an hour, but I knew within the first few seconds of meeting her that she was a really special dog. I already had a Coonhound and a Beagle at home, and did not necessarily need a third dog, and Dallas was headed to a rescue, so I knew she would at least be safe. But I felt as though she somehow needed to be a member of our family. Not long after I transported her, we were headed out of the country on vacation. But I kept tabs on her, and when I returned I offered to foster her for the rescue. When she stepped into our home, she had an immediate connection with my other two dogs. Not long after that, she joined me and we headed to a family Thanksgiving with a total of seven hounds between my parents and me. It was a trial-by-fire experience for her, to see if she would fit in with our entire family pack, which of course she did. Having fostered before, I knew that there would be other potentially wonderful homes out there for her, so I continued to just act as her foster through Christmas. But it was on a family trip in Florida, with all of the hounds gathered together, we decided that she needed to be a permanent member of our family. None of this would have been possible without my Outback, as it serves as my rescue-transport mobile. It is also an awesome vehicle for driving-vacations from Virginia to Florida with three dogs on board! After all, what is a family vacation if the family pets aren't included? I am thrilled to have Dallas, now Penne, as a forever family member, and I look forward to being able to use my Subaru to help transport other deserving animals. In fact, I recently used it to transport an injured screech owl to a wildlife center. Oh, the places you'll go! 

— Kate Goodrich, Charlottesville, Virginia