Frequently Asked Questions

When does the Rescue Express bus operate?
Our transports run every weekend (except select holidays) loading animals on Saturday and delivering them Saturday evening through Sunday morning.

Where does Rescue Express travel?
Rescue Express transports animals from southern California area and from natural disaster areas throughout the United States to northern California, Oregon, and Washington. Our first and southernmost stop is in San Fernando, CA and our last and northernmost stop is in Burlington, WA.

Typical Transport Timeline:

  • 7:30 AM Saturday – First Loading Location: Almost Home Pet Boarding in San Fernando, CA at 7:30AM on Saturday.
    • California stops include Bakersfield, Fresno, Elk Grove and Redding.
  • 12:00 AM Sunday – We reach Eugene, OR where our Driver and Transport Supervisor are switched out.
    • Oregon and Washington stops include Eugene, Tualatin, Tacoma and Olympia.
  • 7:00 AM Sunday – Final Stop in Burlington, WA.

What do you require for transport?
Please visit the Transport Requirements page. Transports are provided to approved Rescue Partners which include over 200 shelters, foster-based rescues and individual rescuers. To become an approved Rescue Express Rescue Partner, contact [email protected] to 541-525-3232 to receive an application, contract and more information.

What do you charge for transport?
Transports to rescues are provided at reduced rates (xs-$20, sm-$25, md-$30, lrg-$35, xl-$40). Transports to an adopter or foster-to-adopt home require a $100 donation.

Does the bus stop for breaks?
To ensure the health and safety of all pets on board and to limit transport duration and the amount of time that pets spend in carriers, Rescue Express travels non-stop. Each of the 90+ carriers on board holds a water bowl, drip tray and bedding. Pets are cared for throughout the trip by a Transport Supervisor who provides the animals with water, food, treats and fresh bedding in addition to continually monitoring cabin temperature and air flow.
Rescue Express offers five sizes of carriers to accommodate pets of all sizes. Following each transport, all carriers are removed, cleaned and sanitized using Rescue/Accel. The bus is sanitized and then rebuilt- the carriers are strapped and chained into place to ensure that pets are safe and secure during their ride to a second chance at life.