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New Volunteer Opportunity: Franky Fund Transports


Wednesday, August 16th

Give a Ride to an Animal in Need

BARCS is excited to announce a new volunteer opportunity to help animals in our shelter. Each year, 700 injured animals need rides back and forth from our Franky Fund partner clinics. These animals have extraordinary medical needs, and BARCS relies on both scheduled and emergency transports to save their lives. All you need is a vehicle, driver's license, Facebook account and a heart for helping animals in need.
 

Get Started Immediately!

Thank you for playing such an important role in our animals’ well-being! Being a transport volunteer for BARCS' Franky Fund is an easy and flexible way to help us save lives.

Simply request to join our BARCS Transport group page on Facebook to view all of our current transport needs. Make sure you have notifications turned on so that you get alerts.

 

Each post will include transport date, hospital name, address, drop off time (or appointment time if a waiting appointment), animal size and whether or not a crate is required. BARCS can provide crates/carriers if you need to borrow one.

Follow instructions on each post to respond to the transport request and confirm.

If you see something that fits with your schedule, please volunteer. If something does not fit, please do not feel obligated. Some transporters volunteer several times a week, some maybe once or twice a month. All are welcome and greatly appreciated.

Please do not ever feel that you must do any transport that you do not feel comfortable with. If you have questions about a particular transport, please comment on the post!

Franky Fund transport volunteers do not need to complete the regular volunteer application and orientation process.

What to Expect on Your First Transport

So you've joined the page and responded 'yes' to your first transport—awesome! Before picking up the animal (either from BARCS or a hospital), please stop at BARCS for a quick rundown of transport process and to answer any questions you may have. At this time we will also make a photo copy of your valid driver’s license to keep on file. If your first transport is a pick-up from BARCS, you can do this at the scheduled arrival time.

Most Common Types of Transports

  • General Franky Fund transports- Transporting animals to and from our Franky Fund partners provides vital medical attention that we cannot provide at BARCS. These transports  generally involve picking up the animal from BARCS and dropping them off at a partner vet and/or picking up the animal from the vet and bringing back to BARCS. We try and post these transports as far in advance as possible and will provide the pick-up/drop-off time. You DO NOT need to do both the pick-up and the drop-off when volunteering for these.
  • Emergency Transports- These are transports that need to be on their way out the door immediately due to the animal needing urgent medical attention.
  • Waiting Appointments- Sometimes there will be waiting appointments which usually take less than an hour. This will mean taking the animal to the Franky Fund vet, waiting for the appointment, and bringing back to BARCS.
  • Rescue/Shelter Partner Transports- We often need help getting BARCS animals to a rescue partner or getting a BARCS adopted animal back from another shelter. In these cases, you would be either picking an animal from BARCS and taking it to our rescue partner or picking an animal up from another shelter and bringing back to BARCS.

For questions or more information about volunteering to do Franky Fund transports, please email Claire Thomas at cthomas@barcsanimalshelter.org.

 


Transporting Information

Please refer to the information below when transporting animals to and from BARCS. This information is also available on the BARCS Transport Facebook group page as well as in a printable PDF here.

Picking Up from BARCS

  1. If you arrive at BARCS before 10:30 a.m. Monday - Friday or 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, please come in the receiving door, which is the door all the way to the right when looking at the front of the building. If you arrive after that time please come in the main entrance and let the staff know you’re there for a transport.
  2. The Franky Fund Coordinator, Medical Services Manager or a Veterinary Technician will get you the animal and paperwork needed for travel.
  3. Please ask for help getting the animal in your car if you need it! Please make sure dogs are kept 5 feet away from any other dog walking on the premises.

Traveling with Animals

  • Animals under 25 pounds and cats always require a crate.  There will be times when larger dogs will require a crate – depends on animal condition. If you’d like a sheet to cover your seats we have those available.
  • Mulitple animals may be transported at one time, in one vehicle, provided everyone is crated and no one has a URI.
  • Owned animals cannot be in the car while doing a transport and dogs must be crated if children are in the car.
  • Please do not feed the animal anything while transporting.

At the Hospital

  • BARCS animals cannot interact with other animals while at the vet.
  • If someone asks you about adopting the animal you have please direct them to contact BARCS.
  • Generally, crates are left at the hospital for the animals you transport.  Sometimes a hospital will ask that the crate not be left.  Please post on the transport request if you are not leaving the crate.
  • If the hospital has any questions about the animal please have them call the Franky Fund phone number and let them know you’re not familiar with the animal but just transporting.

Returning Animals to BARCS

  • BARCS closes at 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, so all animals will need to be returned prior to then.
  • Please make sure you bring any paperwork you’re given back to the shelter with the animal and give it to the Franky Fund Coordinator, Medical Director, or Veterinary Technician
  • Any dirty dog crates can be placed in the garage. Cat carriers go back on top of the cat's cage.

*Please do not take photos of the animals you’re transporting. Some of the animals are owned, are part of an investigation, or otherwise on hold for Animal Control so we cannot post the publicly.*