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Video: Every year, hundreds of thousands of shelter animals are euthanized because there’s nowhere for them to go. But one very special group is making a difference, one car at a time.
When Martha Chandler heard about 9-year-old Sarge, a dog in need of transportation to a new home after he was found sitting loyally by the side of his deceased owner, she was quick to lend a hand.
It didn't matter that the boxer-St. Bernard mix was in Washington, D.C., and his new home with the man's daughter was more than 1,000 miles away in Kansas.
While Chandler's nonprofit in Akron, Ohio, Martha’s Mutt Movers, usually arranges long-distance carpools for dogs rescued from high-kill shelters, she was more than willing to make an exception for Sarge.
“I can’t imagine what they’re thinking when they lose someone close to them,” Chandler, 49, told TODAY.com. “He was my favorite transport; he got to go home with his sister. She was so happy to have him out there in honor of her dad.”
Martha's Mutt Movers functions with the help of volunteers spread out across the nation, who are willing to pick up a dog or two (or three or four) from a specified location, drive for about an hour, and drop them off with another driver, a process that is repeated until the pup reaches its final destination: a safe, happy home.