Pet Patrol: Rescue Express animal transport

Sandie Lampe and the Pet Patrol joined Good Morning San Diego with Rescue Express animal transport, , a 501(c)3 initiative of MGM Animal Foundation, is turning 3 years old this Valentine’s Day.

President and Founder, Mike McCarthy has saved nearly 14,000 homeless animals from overpopulated areas of southern California to the Northwest where there is a shortage of adoptable animals.

After relocating his home and nonprofit headquarters from Eugene, Oregon last year to a 6-acre horse property in Rancho Santa Fe, Mr. McCarthy, a retired a software entrepreneur, has been working with rescue groups to save the lives of animals for over 20 years and is growing his fleet of buses to a total of four, plus a new semi due to demand.

Rescue Express initially transported 5000 homeless animals annually, primarily from high-kill shelters in southern California to rescue groups along the I-5 corridor to the Northwest where they were adopted out to new forever homes through the hard work of the rescue partner groups who collaborate in the effort.

Due to the increased demand for his services, McCarthy has added a fourth bus and a new semi-rig which will potentially double the capacity of animals transported each year, especially after the natural disasters from flooding in Louisiana and Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

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