Sometimes we all have a calling to fulfill in life. For some people that call involves helping animals. As animal lovers ourselves, we probably are inclined to help animals in our own way ourselves. I will often give money to different animal charities, and when I do acquire a pet, I always adopt and refuse to shop. Plus, I always get my animals spayed and neutered and make sure they are up to date on their vaccines and that I never let the microchip information expire. While we all do our part in whatever way we can, there are some people that are able to go that bit further. My mom has a friend who, for a while, was involved in animal transport runs. Working with several different rescues, she would go every Friday to high-kill shelters and rescue dogs who were going to be put down and then drive them to different foster homes around California. I always admired her dedication to helping shelter dogs.
But one man, Lee Asher, has taken his love for dogs and turned it into the ultimate charity adventure. Selling everything that he owned, Lee quite his job and packed up his life as he knew it in order to hit the road and rescue shelter dogs. Alongside a friend and their own six dogs, the two got into an RV and set off on their rescue mission. The two have been active on social media, hopeful that their posts will inspire people to change their views on what kind of dogs shelter dogs actually are. Lee wants people to see that shelter dogs are not damaged goods or aggressive animals just because they are often seen barking inside their kennels – he wants people to know that they’re normal, everyday dogs who just want love and affection. And that is why they bark, because they want out.
The two have been to 31 states so far, and they’ve managed to rescue 90 dogs. While the two might be having quite the adventure with an RV full of sweet, loving pups, they are very much committed to making sure that they get all these dogs to where they can find their forever homes. And Lee and his friend are not particular about what dogs they help – they will happily rehome big or small dogs, young or old. Their ultimate goal is to try to clear out every dog from every shelter across the country. It’s definitely an ambitious goal, but there is no doubt that these two will be giving it their best shot.