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:
Oceanside, CA 4:45am
San Fernando, CA (Almost Home Pet Boarding) 8:00am on Saturday
Bakersfield, CA between 10:00am -11:00am
Fresno, CA 11:30am – 12:30pm
Sacramento, CA around 5:00pm Saturday
Eugene, OR, 12:00am – 12:00am -1:00am Sunday
Tualatin, OR 1:00am – 3:00am Sunday
Tacoma, WA 4:00am -6:00am
Burlington, WA 6:30am – 8:30 am Sunday
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 or call.
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.