When ordinary people come together, extraordinary things can be achieved.  

Rescue Express helps over 300 rescue partners on the West Coast and in Canada with free transport for over 300 rescue partners. 


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Did you know there is a shortage of adoptable animals in the northern states and in Canada? Northern shelters are often near empty while southern shelters are overcrowded and euthanize thousands of animals every day.

How Rescue Express free shelter animal transport helps:

  1. Saves the lives of thousands of shelter animals every year
  2. Reduces the sending shelter's percentage of animals euthanized
  3. Gives receiving shelters in northern states a greater selection of adoptable animals
  4. Our transport program allows animals to be transported 1000+ miles from the south to the north for as little as $20 an animal.


Since the inaugural transport on February 14, 2015, Rescue Express Rescue Animal transport has saved over 20,000 pet companions that would have been euthanized in shelters.

Rescue Express transports animals from high-kill shelters in over populated areas throughout the southwest with hopes of expanding our reach to the midwest in 2020.

Our fleet consists of one tractor-trailer and 5 Thomas large-capacity school buses, which have all been outfitted with temperature control environments.

Rescue Express transport services are provided free of charge to our rescue partners and any shelter hit by a natural disaster.

We rely on your generous support to continue freedom rides to shelter animals left in the system that euthanizes animals in thousands on a daily basis. Additionally, Rescue Express is working to reduce the number of animals which need relocation with innvative, multi-prong initiatives which target sources of pet over-population that including low-cost spay and neuter programs, and shelter adoption support.


Rescue Express, an initiative of MGM Animal Foundation(MGMAF) supports the transport of rescue animals from the southern overpopulated areas, to the northern shelters needing companion animals to meet the public’s demand.  

In addition to our California to Oregon, Washington, and Canada transport program operated by Rescue Express, that saves 10,000 animals each year, we are looking for shelters, rescue groups, or passionate individuals that would like to bring the RE lifesaving program to their part of the country.

We have new Thomas school buses modified and ready to establish a transport program in your community. The buses are outfitted to carry 100-200 homeless cat and dogs in air-conditioned comfort from southern locations to a network of willing shelters in the north.

We will provide the bus, the processes and procedures, and the training to get your transport program up and running quickly. For further information about our program, contact us at [email protected]

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