By Jocelyn Jensen, PAWS Marketing & Communications Coordinator
PAWS partners monthly with Mission: Miracle K9 Rescue, Inc., a canine rescue and transport organization out of Bandera, Texas. The organization’s main focus is to bring shelter dogs to safety; the dogs are pulled from over-crowded shelters where many are slated for euthanasia – and are then transported all over the country. These transports give the dogs a second-chance at life and an opportunity to find their loving family.
Matt Montes is the founder of Miracle K9 Rescue. Matt estimates he has transported 2,500 dogs on their freedom rides. In 2018 alone, he has delivered 250 of these dogs to PAWS. Matt drives for two-and-a-half days straight when traveling to Washington, stopping only to sleep and care for the dogs in his trailer. He arrives at PAWS in the middle of the night and sleeps in the parking lot awaiting staff and volunteers’ arrival in the morning. Matt has been doing this run to PAWS for over two years.
On #GivingTuesday (a global day of giving on November 27), PAWS and Matt partnered on a special transport we called #RescueTuesday to showcase the work we do together to save lives. On this trip, Matt cut his Thanksgiving weekend short and transported 26 dogs to PAWS by himself.
PAWS had a #GivingTuesday fundraising goal of $50,000 to care for 130 companion animals and get them home for the holidays. Our generous supporters eagerly joined the online campaign and at the end of the day they had given more than $76,000 – enough to provide care for 200 animals! Miracle K9 Rescue also exceeded its #GivingTuesday fundraising goal.
Matt and Miracle K9 Rescue use the tagline, Until All the Cages are Empty, and PAWS will continue to partner with Matt, Miracle K9 Rescue and our other transfer partners across the country to make this a reality.