Our Mission

At Rescue Express, our mission is to save lives by transporting homeless animals from high-kill shelters and overpopulated areas to forever homes.

Who We Are

Rescue Express is a Rancho Santa Fe, California based initiative of the MGM Animal Foundation; a 501(c)3, public charity organization, established in 2000 with a focus on animal welfare. With the generous support of our Founder, Mike McCarthy, and contributions from the general public, Rescue Express has been giving animals their “freedom ride” since February of 2015.

What We Do

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Rescue Express transports animals from high-kill shelters in Southern and Central California to rescue groups in the Pacific Northwest who find them forever homes. Since the inaugural transport on February 14, 2015, Rescue Express has saved the lives of over 12,000 animals using large-capacity school buses that have been converted and outfitted to safely and humanely transport upwards of 200 animals per trip.

Rescue Express transport services are provided free of charge to our rescue partners. We rely on generous support from donors like you in order to continue offering this free, life-saving service to our partners. Please consider supporting our mission and donate today!

Our Impact

Our fleet operates along the West Coast I-5 corridor with designated pick up and drop off locations in California, Oregon and Washington, however our impact spans north and south from Mexico to Canada, and westward to central U.S. states via our ever-growing network of 150+ rescue partners. When possible, Rescue Express also assists with transport needs in other areas due to natural disasters and large-scale crisis events in which animals are impacted.
Coming Soon! Rescue Express is planning to add a new route up the I-15 Corridor from Southern CA through Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and possibly up to Idaho or Montana. To get involved or to learn more, please contact us here.IMG_0957

Our Future

We will continue to improve and expand the Rescue Express transport model across the country. We are also working to reduce the number of animals needing relocation with innovative, multi-prong initiatives including: support for low cost spay/neuter initiatives and lobbying improved local animal regulations and enforcement.


Our Founder

Rescue Express is an initiative of MGM Animal Foundation founder, Mike McCarthy; a retired software entrepreneur who has been working with rescue groups to save the lives of homeless animals for over 20 years.