OVERVIEW

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.

Cost
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. Please ask to join our Rescue Express Connections Facebook Group for more information.

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 4:30am
De Lucairanch 11146 Old Castle Rd, Valley Center CA 92082
I-15, Exit 41

CORONA, CA 5:30am Saturday
Walmart Supercenter 1290 E Ontario Ave, Corona CA 92881
I-15, Exit 93

SAN FERNANDO, CA 7:007:30am Saturday
Almost Home Pet Boarding 11401 Ilex Ave, San Fernando, CA 91340
I-5, Exit 157CA

BAKERSFIELD, CA 9:00-10:00am Saturday
City of Bakersfield Animal Care Center
201 S Mt Vernon Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93307
HWY 99, Exit 24, then HWY 58 East exit 114

TULARE, CA Saturday 10:00-11:00am Saturday
Tulare Animal Services 3817 South K Street, Tulare, CA 93274
HWY 99, Exit 83

FRESNO, CA 11:00am-12:00pm Saturday
CA Fresno Oil Co./Pacific Pride
2581 S East Ave, Fresno CA 93706
Hwy 99, Exit 130

TURLOCK, CA 1:00-2:00pm Saturday
CA Chevron (empty lot next to it)
2725 W Monte Vista Ave, Turlock, CA 95382
HWY 99, Exit 215

LATHROP, CA 2:30-3:30pm Saturday
Fastlane Gas Station 116 Roth Rd, Lathrop, CA 95330
I-5, Exit 465

ELK GROVE, CA 3:00-4:00pm Saturday
76 Station 2323 Laguna Blvd, Elk Grove, CA 95758
I-5, Exit 508

REDDING, CA 6:00-7:00pm Saturday
TA Travel Center 19483 Knighton Rd, Redding, CA 96002
I-5, Exit 673

GRANTS PASS, OR 9:30pm-10:30pm Saturday
Shari’s Cafe & Pies
190 NE Agness Ave, Grants Pass, OR 97526
I-5, Exit 55

ROSEBURG, OR 10:45-11:45pm Saturday
Home Depot 3000 Aviation Dr, Roseburg, OR 97470
I-5, Exit 127OR

EUGENE, OR 11:30pm – 12:30am Sunday
Shari’s Café & Pies 900 Beltline Rd, Springfield, OR 97477
I-5, Exit 195B-A

ALBANY, OR 12:30-1:00am Sunday
Arco am/pm Station 33200 SE HWY 34, Albany, OR 97322
I-5, Exit 228

SALEM, OR 1:00-1:45am Sunday
Walmart Supercenter 1940 Turner Rd SE, Salem OR 97302
I-5 Exit 253

BROOKS, OR 1:00-1:30am Sunday
Pilot Travel Center 4220 Brooklake Rd NE, Brooks, OR 97305
I-5, Exit 263

TUALATIN, OR 1:30am-2:30am Sunday
Petsmart-Nyberg Woods, 7029 SW Nyberg St, Tualatin, OR 97062
I-5, Exit 289

VANCOUVER, WA 2:15-3:15am Sunday
Umpqua Bank 8015 Northeast Highway 99, Vancouver, WA 98665
I-5, Exit 4

KELSO, WA 2:45-3:45am Sunday
Wilco Farm Store 200 S Kelso Dr., Kelso WA 98626
I-5, Exit 39

CHEHALIS, WA 2:45am-3:45am Sunday
Love’s Travel Stop 1276 Rush Rd, Napavine, WA 98532
I-5 Exit 72

OLYMPIA/TUMWATER, WA 2:30-4:00am Sunday
Pilot Travel Center 2430 93rd Ave SW, Tumwater, WA 98512
I-5, Exit 99

FIFE/TACOMA, WA 4:00-6:00am Sunday
Love’s Travel Stop 1501 33rd Ave E, Fife, WA 98424
I-5, Exit 136B

LYNNWOOD, WA 5:00-7:00am
Walmart Supercenter 1400 164th St SW, Lynnwood WA 98087
I-5, Exit 183

BURLINGTON, WA 6:30-8:00am Sunday
Shell Station
9440 Old Hwy 99 N, Burlington, WA 98233
I-5, Exit 232

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.