Becoming a Rescue Partner
Both sending and receiving Rescue Partners are required to submit a Rescue Partner application before a transport takes place. This does not apply to adopters or foster-to-adopter. Please read our transport requirements before submitting a transport request. Partners who are on a waiting list for transport are not guaranteed placement. Availability is subject to change.
Rescue Express transports animals between rescues at no charge. Some of our partners do choose to make donations that are much appreciated, but donations are not required.
Transports to adopters or foster-to-adopt homes require a $100 donation. Donate here.
Transport Route & Schedule
Rescue Express transports animals from the greater Los Angeles area to northern California, Oregon, and Washington along the I-5 highway. Stops are limited to locations immediately off the I-5 freeway.
Approximate arrival times for some of our regular stops:
Valley Center, CA 92082: 11146 Old Castle Rd Saturday 4:30am
San Fernando, CA 91340: Almost Home Pet Boarding, 11401 Ilex Ave Saturday 7:00am
Bakersfield, CA 93307: City of Bakersfield Animal Care Center, 201 S Mt Vernon Ave Saturday 9:00am – 10:00am
Tulare, CA 93274: Tulare Animal Services, 3817 South K Street Saturday 10:15am-11:15am
Fresno, CA 93722: Mattress Firm Marketplace, 6563 N. Riverside Dr Saturday 11:45am-12:45pm
Turlock, CA 95382: CA Chevron (empty lot next to it,) 2725 W Monte Vista Ave Saturday 1:00pm-2:00pm
Lathrop, CA 95330: Fastlane Gas Station, 116 Roth Rd Saturday 2:15pm-3:15pm
Elk Grove, CA 95758: 76 Station, 2323 Laguna Blvd Saturday 3:30pm-4:30pm
Redding, CA 96002: TA Travel Center, 19483 Knighton Rd Saturday 6:15pm-7:15pm
Ashland, OR 97520: Mobil Station, 2490 OR-66 Saturday 8:30pm-9:30pm
Medford, OR 97502: Pilot Travel Center, 1600 E Pine St, Central Point Saturday 9:00pm-10:00pm
Grants Pass, OR 97526: Shari’s Cafe & Pies, 190 NE Agness Ave Saturday 9:30pm-10:30pm
Roseburg, OR 97470: Home Depot, 3000 Aviation Dr Saturday 10:30pm-11:30pm
Eugene/Springfield, OR 97477: Shari’s Café & Pies, 900 Beltline Rd Saturday 11:30 – Sunday 12:30am
Albany, OR 97322: Arco Station, 33200 SE Hwy 34 Sunday 12:15am-1:15am
Salem, OR 97306: Park & Ride, 7820 Squirrel Hill Rd SE Sunday 12:45am-1:45am
Brooks, OR 97305: Pilot Travel Center, 4220 Brooklake Rd Sunday 1:00am-2:00am
Tualatin, OR 97062: Petsmart-Nyberg Woods, 7029 SW Nyberg St Sunday 1:15am-2:15am
Vancouver, WA 98665: Umpqua Bank, 8015 NE Hwy 99 Sunday 2:00am-3:00am
Chehalis, WA 98532: Love’s Travel Stop, 1276 Rush Rd, Napavine Sunday 2:45am-3:45
Olympia, WA 98516: Martin Way Park & Ride, Martin Way E, Lacey Sunday 3:00am-4:00am
Fife/Tacoma, WA 98424: Love’s Travel Stop, 1501 33rd Ave E, Fife Sunday 4:00am-5:00am
Tukwila, WA 98168: Park and Ride, 13445 Interurban Ave S Sunday 4:15am-5:15am
Lynnwood, WA 98087: Walmart, 1400 164th St SW, Lynnwood Sunday 5:00am-6:00am
Burlington, WA 98233: Shell Station, 9440 Old Hwy 99 N Sunday 6:00am-7:00am
Stop times are a function of driving time and are not flexible. Rescue Partners and adopters are informed of estimated arrival times throughout the transport via text and a GPS tracking app called Glympse, which you can also see on our Rescue Express Connections Facebook Group Page.
Objectives, Assumptions and Philosophies
Once the animals are put into a carrier on the bus, we typically do not let them out until we meet the receiver. An animal loaded in San Fernando, CA and delivered to Burlington, WA may be in a carrier for 24 hours. Our objective is to get all of the animals safely to their delivery locations and into the hands of the receiver as soon as is possible. Stopping to walk 100+ animals in the middle of the night is problematic in many ways. Our assumption is that if the animals could choose either one day in a carrier with some minor discomfort or be euthanized at the shelter they came from, they would choose the former. We respectfully recognize that not everyone might agree with our assumptions. This is the way we operate for a number of reasons.
If an animal’s carrier is a mess, our coordinator will change the bedding or move the animal to a clean carrier. If your animal arrives needing a bath please pardon his/her condition as the price for life. We ask that you do not feed the dog within 8 hours of transport in order to avoid messy accidents. We will always have a full water bowl hung on the carrier door and we will feed a light dry dog food (supplied by us) or wet cat food (supplied by you) during the later part of the trip. Our transport staff remain with the loaded bus until all animals are delivered.